Physician's Health Program

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.

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History

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.

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Mission

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.

Support

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.

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TMF News

TMF Medical Director Dr. Baron Voted FSPHP President-Elect

The Tennessee Medical Foundation is proud to announce that Medical Director Dr. Michael Baron is the new President-elect of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs (FSPHP), following the FSPHP’s 2022 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA. Michael Baron, MD, MPH, FASAM, has been medical director of the TMF Physician’s Health Program since February 2017,…

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TN-PSQ: Two Years and 400+ Screenings Thus Far

Two years of activity on the Tennessee Professional Screening Questionnaire (TN-PSQ) have shown the online mental health screening tool is helping to address the “parallel pandemic” affecting Tennessee health professionals in the era of COVID. That according to TMF leaders who say data and user comments appear to confirm the new resource is reaching its…

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