Physician's Health Program

We expect a lot from our physicians. 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.

Physicians are human, too. They can succumb to addictions, emotional or mental illness, behavioral issues, stress and burnout, 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 concerns that are specific to physicians, while working to protect the safety of patients in Tennessee.

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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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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 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.

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TMF News

TMF Physician Burnout Efforts Highlighted to Hospital CMOs

Physician Burnout is a rising problem that has the attention of national healthcare leaders like the Federation of State Physician Health Programs, Federation of State Medical Boards, American Medical Association, Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Mayo Clinic, National Academy of Medicine and the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education. That from TMF Medical Director Michael Baron,…

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KAMA Grant Helps Fund New TMF “Struggling?” Poster

A $1,500 grant from the Knoxville Academy of Medicine Alliance (KAMA) will help underwrite a new physician health awareness poster by the Tennessee Medical Foundation. “As spouses of physicians, we feel firsthand the frustrations of the practice of medicine and are a first line of support for our physician spouses.” said Jacquelynne V. Prince of…

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