We expect a lot from our health professionals. They are constantly under pressure to perform and when making decisions that will affect the health and well-being of their patients, there is no room for error.
However, they are human, too. They can succumb to burnout/stress, addictions, emotional or mental illness, and behavioral issues, like everyone else. The difference is their problems can directly impact the safety of the patients they care for. Fortunately the Tennessee Medical Foundation's Physician's Health Program (PHP) addresses health concerns that are specific to health professionals while working to protect the safety of patients in Tennessee.How It Works
In 1978, the Tennessee Medical Association (TMA) Board of Trustees established a committee for the purpose of offering professional assistance to physicians suffering from chemical dependencies. In 1992, the TMA transferred oversight and management of the program to the Tennessee Medical Foundation (TMF),
a 501(c)3 organization.
The mission of the Physician's Health Program (PHP) is to protect patients through identification, intervention, rehabilitation, and the provision of advocacy/support for physicians and other health professionals impaired by addictive disease, mental or emotional illness.
The TMF operates solely on contributions from individual physicians and the general public, hospitals, medical groups and other health organizations, as well as grants. You can help support the TMF through donations, annual gifts and planned giving. Please contact us and find out how you can support our program to help physicians heal.Donate Now
An anonymous online mental health screening tool for Tennessee health professionals saw more than three times the activity expected during its first full year. TMF officials said they believe the higher usage was likely driven by stress related to the Covid-19 pandemic. “We initially expected about 75 health professionals to engage with the screening tool…Read More
The TMF has earned a 2021 Platinum Seal of Transparency! GuideStar Seals of Transparency indicate that a nonprofit has provided key information to its GuideStar profile. This recognition shows a commitment to transparency. Now, everyone can view our financial details and metrics, learn about our organization, and make informed decisions about their support for the Physician’s…Read More