The Emergency Medicine Practice Committee (EMPC) in collaboration with the Academic Affairs Committee compiled a list of resources on remediation, retraining, and behavior modification. These resources will assist emergency medicine physician groups, academicians, or individual physicians in addressing clinical or non-clinical behavior issues.
Physicians impaired by physical illness, mental illness, substance abuse disorders, or behavioral problems have been documented throughout history. Informal and formal efforts to deal with physician impairment existed as far back as 1958. In a ground-breaking policy acknowledging physician impairment, the American Medical Association's (AMA) Council on Mental Health developed, "The Sick Physician: Impairment by Psychiatric Disorders, Including Alcoholism, and Drug Dependence."
Emergency physicians who have been absent from clinical practice due to illness, injury, or pursuit of professional or personal goals outside of the clinical area may need retraining upon assuming clinical duties. Physicians with observed behavioral problems may need behavior modification. Recognizing and responding to a perceived need of its members the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has gathered resources regarding these issues.
Federation of State Medical Board Directory of Physician Assessment and Remedial Education Programs
A listing of more than 45 programs available for physician assessment and remediation/retraining including contact information.
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