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
SEPTEMBER 17 IS NATIONAL PHYSICIAN SUICIDE AWARENESS DAY
MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, along with the Center For a Healthy Maryland, wants to bring awareness to National Physician Suicide Awareness Day on September 17, which occurs during National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This day is dedicated to honoring the memory of colleagues who have died by suicide and to continue to raise awareness and discussion on how to prevent it. Dr. Loralie Ma, President of The Center For a Healthy Maryland states, “the Center For a Health Maryland has a focus on providing programs to maintain the wellness of practicing physicians serving the public which is why we feel this is such an important day to create awareness around.”
The Maryland Physician Health Program (MPHP) assists physicians and physician assistants in a confidential, private setting to address issues that may potentially impact their ability to practice medicine.
The Maryland Professional Rehabilitation Program (MPRP) for physicians, physician assistants, and allied health providers licensed by the Maryland Board of Physicians has been established at the direction of the Maryland Legislature for professionals who are in need of treatment and rehabilitation for alcoholism, chemical dependency, or other physical or psychological conditions, and who have been referred by the Board for services.
The Maryland HealthCare Professionals Program (MHPP) was established to assist all healthcare professionals with health and wellbeing and help them to continue or return to practice.
Initial Consultation, Assessment, and Referral – This meeting provides an opportunity for open and honest communication to review the situation and begin the evaluation process. 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 and enrolled in the program.
Monitoring – The case manager will monitor the participants’ 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 at the request of a participant to organizations such as their licensing board, malpractice carriers, specialty boards, hospital or credentialing committees, and various legal entities.