Physician Health

Helping physicians and the medical community for more than 30 years.

History and Philosophy

“It is a physician’s ethical responsibility to take cognizance of a colleague’s inability to practice medicine by reason of physical or mental illness, including alcoholism or drug dependence…Accountability to the public through assurance of competent care to patients by physicians and other health professionals is a paramount responsibility of organized medicine.” -AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, 1973

In 1978, MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society established a committee of physicians who volunteered their time and services to assist colleagues in need. Funding was later obtained through physician license fees which allowed the hiring of staff and a formal program structure to be put in place for assisting physicians. The Physician Health Committee continues to meet to provide clinical consultation for cases, discuss trends, outcomes and issues concerning physician impairment, identify issues of concern, and make recommendations to MedChi regarding advocacy. The Maryland Physician Health Program is administered by the Center for a Healthy Maryland, a 501c3 charitable organization and affiliate of MedChi.

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