PHP and Addiction Resources

Important update

The MSDC Physician Health Program has issued new guidance for participants regarding testing. This is in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more here.

technology-3154811_1920The MSDC Physician Health Program is a private, confidential, non-disciplinary program that works to advocate for the health and well-being of all physicians in the metropolitan Washington, DC, area and to safeguard the public.

The Program is HIPAA compliant and protects the confidentiality of participant records as set forth under DC and Federal law. The program is administered by the Medical Society of DC and is separate from the DC Board of Medicine. Read more in the MSDC PHP brochure.

For a confidential consultation for your or a colleague that may benefit from our help, please call (202) 466-1800 x102 or email us.  This is not an emergency service; for emergencies please call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.


The PHP can help hospitals meet Joint Commission requirements by providing information on physician impairment at medical staff meetings or grand rounds. An overview of the services or a CME lecture on physician impairment may be scheduled by contacting Steve Carreras by email.

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PDMP to Physicians: Mandatory Requirements Coming Online

Mar 3, 2021, 03:14 AM by MSDC Staff
Reporting requirements are coming for physicians registered in the PDMP.

Below is a message sent from the DC Health PDMP to DC prescribers.

The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Query Amendment Act of 2020 is expected to become law on or around March 15, 2021. Following the passage of the law, DC prescribers and dispensers will be mandated to query the PDMP:

  • prior to prescribing or dispensing an opioid or benzodiazepine for more than 7 consecutive days and
  • every 90 days thereafter while the course of treatment or therapy continues, or
  • prior to dispensing another refill after 90 days

The DC PDMP will provide additional information upon the law’s passage. Please visit our website for updates.