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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AMA News: What Doctors Wish Patients Knew About Physician Burnout

Nov 8, 2021, 16:47 PM by MSDC Staff
This AMA news story gives tips and advice from physicians on how patients and providers can work together to reduce the stress of a doctor's visit.

On November 5, American Medical Association (AMA) Senior News Writer Sara Berg, MS, wrote an article as part of the AMA's What Doctors Wish Patients Knew™ series. The article is a series of reflections from three physicians on what they wished patients knew about the physician burnout crisis and how they (the patients) can help make their visits go more smoothly during this stressful time. 

You can read the entire story here.

Some tips include:

  • Create a list of questions before the visit
  • Show up early to appointments
  • Sign up for the patient portal

Read the entire article for more.