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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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

“Mindfulness Techniques” Focus for 2021 Caduceus Retreat

Registration is now open for the 2021 Caduceus Retreat, titled, “Mindfulness Techniques for Anxiety and Relapse Prevention.” Our featured expert is Katie Hirst, MD, a sought-after speaker on addiction and psychologically-informed mindfulness. TMF’s 34th retreat is scheduled for Friday, June 11-Sunday, June 13, at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs in Franklin, TN. Details and sign-up…

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TMA Shares Data on Mental Health Screening Tool Activity

One of the TMF’s longtime partners, the Tennessee Medical Association, recently shared data from the first six months of the Tennessee Professional Screening Questionnaire (TN PSQ), through August 29, in their latest member newsletter, Topline. Read the article here. “The TMA is our founding organization, and one of our most enduring supporters, and we are grateful they…

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