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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Do you want to help support your fellow physicians going through their own struggles? The Sterling Ruffin Fund was established to fund physician health and addiction programs. Your generous gift allows MSDC to continue supporting those physicians in most need.

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MSDC Offers Data and Resources for Roundtable Discussion on DC's Opioid Crisis

Apr 7, 2021, 17:47 PM by MSDC Staff
In preparation for MSDC's April 14 roundtable on DC's opioid crisis, MSDC is sharing opioid data and dashboards, research and analysis, and commentary.

In 2020, death related to illicit fentanyl, cocaine and heroin killed more people in the District than ever. To address the resurgence in DC's opioid crisis, MSDC is holding a roundtable discussion on April 14, 2021 at 5:30 PM.  As with any public health issue, physician leadership is crucial and physicians are encouraged to participate. The panel will feature addiction medicine specialist Edwin Chapman, MD and legislative and policy experts from the American Medical Association and O'Neill Institute. Learn more or register here

In preparation for the roundtable, MSDC is offering background resources and information on the opioid crisis.  These resources include contributions from members of the panel or their institutions.  In addition, MSDC has news, testimony and statements on its  advocacy page on opioid policy.  

DC Opioid-related Fatal Overdoses: January 1, 2016 to October 31, 2020
DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

District of Columbia Opioid Data Dashboard
DC Health

Provisional Drug Overdose Death Counts
National Center for Health Statistics  (based on data available March 8, 2021)


Table: Excess, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)–Related, and Unintentional Opioid Overdose Deaths
Journal of the American Medical Association


Pharmacogenomics and OUD: Clinical Decision Support in an African American Cohort
Journal of the National Medical Association 

Pharmacogenomics-guided Policy in Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Management: An Ethnically-diverse Case-based Approach
Addictive Behavior Reports 2017 December


New WHO Guideline for Treating Chronic Pain in Children
Journal of the American Medical Association 

Applying The Evidence 
The O'Neill Institute

Opportunities to Improve Opioid Use Disorder and Infectious Disease Services: Integrating Responses to a Dual Epidemic 
The National Academies Press/ National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine  

Don't Blame Prisoner's Books. Treat Their Addictions 
Washington Post (Op-ed)

Removing One Barrier to Opioid Use Disorder Treatment: Is It Enough? 
Journal of the American Medical Association (Viewpoint)

Overcoming Barriers to Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder 
Journal of the American Medical Association (Viewpoint)