Physician Health Programs (PHP's) promote themselves as organizations created to provide advocacy for physicians and their health issues at local, state, and national levels, and to assist state programs in their quest to protect the public. Most PHP's are, in reality, thinly disguised arms of their state medical board disciplinary systems with often extensive (and generally unethical) personal, political, business, academic, religious/evangelical, and financial relationships with the lucrative multi-billion-dollar 12-step addiction treatment industry.
The following links connect to a random list of articles/ideas/websites that promote physician health in ways that are non-bureaucratic, non-regulated, non-discriminatory, non-punitive, non-coercive, non-religious, and non-exploitative. Please feel free to e-mail the ORPAG moderator (firstname.lastname@example.org) with ideas and suggestions to add to this list. Here's to your happiness and good health!
Broadening Friendships Beyond Medicine - 2005 article from Clinical Psychiatry News.
Sermo - the largest online physician community in the world, with over 115,000 members. Open only to physicians licensed in the United States. Described on their website as:
"...a real-time meeting place where physicians get help with everything from patient care to practice management. [Physicians have] described it as “therapeutic,” a “virtual water cooler” and “vital to my everyday practice.”"
KevinMD.com - prominent social media platform with over 100,000 subscribers, open to both physicians and patients, regularly cited by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, and CNN.This group (and this website) are still under construction. This page was last updated on 9/24/2013.