July 13, 2021

Physician Impairment Resources

Physician impairment is defined as an inability to practice medicine with reasonable skill and safety to patients because of physical or mental illness, including deterioration through the aging process or loss of motor skill, or excessive use or abuse of drugs including alcohol.  The following organizations provide information about and/or treatment for impairment.

Physician Impairment (ACEP Policy Statement)
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Federation of State Medical Boards
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FSMB is a national organization comprised of the 70 medical boards of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Their website provides links for every state medical board.

Federation of State Physician Health Programs
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One of the goals of the FSPHP is to promote early identification, treatment, documentation, and monitoring of ongoing recovery of physicians prior to the illness impacting the care rendered to patients.  Their website provides links for every state program for impaired physicians.

Alcoholics Anonymous
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Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

Narcotics Anonymous
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Narcotics Anonymous is an international, community-based association of recovering drug addicts with more than 33,500 weekly meetings in over 116 countries worldwide.

Cocaine Anonymous
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Cocaine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from their addiction.

Center for Professional Health at Vanderbilt Medical Center
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A resource for physician wellness providing continuing education on the proper prescribing of controlled drugs, continuing education on maintaining proper boundaries, continuing education on improving workplace behavior, research on matters of professional health and performance.

Talbott Recovery Campus
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For more than a quarter of a century, the Talbott Recovery Campus (TRC) has specialized in the treatment and care of individuals with alcohol and other drug dependencies; and they have distinguished themselves as the treatment center of choice for the addicted and impaired professional.