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Referrals to PHS come from colleagues, family members, friends, or patients, and often from the affected physician. Each referral is treated individually, in a compassionate and confidential manner. Communications with PHS are confidential under state law, and chemical dependency cases have additional protections under federal law.

Confidentiality at PHS

If you wish to refer a colleague, or if you are in need of help, PHS strongly encourages you to call us directly at one of the following telephone numbers:

Direct Dial: (781) 434-7404
 
Toll Free: (800) 322-2303, ext. 7404

Personal Stories

Participation with PHS is voluntary. We do not force our services on any physician who does not want them. PHS will strongly urge a physician who is ill to get help, and we will suggest specific treatment options. We respond to the concerns of families, colleagues, and hospitals by providing coordinated interventions and referrals to treatment.

PHS provides ongoing, confidential support for recovery from alcoholism and substance abuse, including referral, liaison with colleagues, recovery monitoring and documentation, support groups for physicians and their families, and advocacy for return to practice. The monitoring program is designed to support the recovery process and to help assure the safe practice of medicine.

PHS recognizes the high prevalence of domestic violence affecting all segments of our society. PHS can serve as a resource for expert and confidential health. Physicians, their spouses, or significant others are encouraged to call Physician Health Services.

PHS also appreciates the difficulties physicians and their families experience when involved in malpractice litigation. We function as a confidential referral service for peer support groups, family support groups, and individual counseling.

PHS is also a resource for physicians and their family members with compulsive gambling problems.

In the event of chronic, progressive, or untreatable illness, PHS will help to identify employment alternatives or retirement options.

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