Helping physicians and the medical community for more than 40 years.
The Physician Rehabilitation Committee was formed at the direction of the MedChi Executive Committee in October 1977. In the first year of the Committee’s existence, they helped thirty-five physicians, primarily with later-stage alcoholism. In the ensuing years a staffed program was formed. In 2004 the Committee’s name was changed to the Physician Health Committee.
The Maryland Physician Health Program grew into a robust clinical management and advocacy program that expanded services to other allied health professionals. Since 2009, under a contract with the Maryland Board of Physicians, the Maryland Professional Rehabilitation Program (MPRP) has provided clinical management services to physicians and allied health professionals licensed, certified, and referred by the Board. With the creation of the Maryland HealthCare Professionals Program there was the inclusion of voluntary referrals of allied health professionals and an expansion to include veterinarians, podiatrists, and chiropractors.
The Maryland Physician Health Program’s guiding philosophy recognizes that healthcare professionals are subject to the same illnesses and disabilities that exist in all areas of human experience and believes that healthcare providers equally merit a humanistic approach toward alleviating impairing illnesses. The Program’s primary focus is to assist physicians and other healthcare professionals with potentially impairing illness in a confidential, private setting. The Program seeks to provide advocacy based on intervention, assessment, treatment, and monitoring that leads to producing a dossier of information that documents recovery. In following this philosophy and meeting this mission, the Program provides a secondary service of helping to protect the public.
The vision of our Programs is to improve the health and well-being of all Marylanders by supporting the health and well-being of healthcare providers who serve our communities.
2023 marks the 45th Anniversary of MPHP.
Visit our Celebrate and Support page for more information about our vision for the future.
The Physician’s Health Program: Breaking the Silence
The types of concerns our
- Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
- Chemical dependency
- Mental or emotional health
- Physical and cognitive impairment
- Behavioral issues
- Legal issues
- Boundary Violations
- Stress and burnout
Initial Consultation, Assessment, and Referral
This meeting provides an opportunity for open and honest communication to review the situation and begin the enrollment and evaluation processes. If appropriate, the participant will be referred for an independent evaluation. If the evaluator identifies a need for treatment, the participant will be referred for treatment.
The clinical manager will monitor the participant’s progress with treatment, vocational status, and if appropriate, the participant will undergo random toxicology screening.
Support and Advocacy
Advocacy reports are sent with the permission and request of a participant to organizations such as their licensing board, malpractice carriers, specialty boards, third party insurance companies, hospital, or credentialing committees, and various legal entities.
Aurthur Hildreth, M.D.
Medical Director, Professional Health Program
Medical Director, Healthcare Professionals Program
Martin Rusinowitz, M.D.
Medical Director, Professional Rehabilitation Program