PHP and Addiction Resources

Important update

The MSDC Physician Health Program has issued new guidance for participants regarding testing. 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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Joint Commission Study: Female Physicians Suffering Higher Burnout Rates

Aug 10, 2021, 07:55 AM by MSDC Staff
Work and environmental factors drove higher burnout among female faculty in this site study.

A new study published in The Joint Commissions Journal on Quality and Patient Safety shows that female physicians are more likely than male physicians to suffer from work-based burnout.

The study, published this week, surveyed faculty at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital. Researchers used the Stanford Physician Wellness Survey and a survey of faculty to gauge burnout rates. The survey had a 64% response rate with a slightly higher male faculty response rate. 

Female respondents showed a significantly higher rate of burnout compared to male physicians - 42.4% to 34.4 % - and significantly lower rates of professional fulfillment - 35.1% to 50.4%. The authors identified "multiple culture of wellness factors (perceived appreciation, schedule control, work environment diversity and inclusion) and self-compassion as attenuating the significant relationship between gender and burnout".

You can read the study here (additional purchase may be required).