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Physician Peer Support Group Meetings

Physician Health Services hosts a number of meetings open to ALL physicians, medical students, and residents in recovery and for those seeking peer support. These meetings are described below. Contact PHS at 781-434-7404 for information regarding the locations of these meetings. Some groups require that you meet with the facilitator before attending your first meeting.

Please call PHS for more information about any of these groups. As always, your contact with PHS is confidential.

  1. Monday & Thursday Peer Support Group. This facilitated group follows AA guidelines and is held Mondays and Thursdays at 7:00 P.M., Waltham, MA.
  2. First and Third Wednesday Support Group (as well as the Fifth Wednesday when applicable). This group is open to spouses and significant others, in addition to the affected physician; it is sponsored by Physician Health Services and meets on the first and  third Wednesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M.,Waltham, MA.
  3. Physician Health Support Group. This three-times-per-month behavioral health support group meeting designed to respond to the expressed needs of physicians, residents, and medical students who are experiencing the rigors of medicine and who could benefit from collegial  support. The focus is on strengthening the ability to effectively deal with patients, employers, hospitals, co-workers, colleagues, peers, family members, and significant others. The group meets on the second and fourth Wednesday and fourth Monday each month from 6:30 to 7:45 P.M., Waltham, MA.

For meetings held in Waltham: In the event of inclement weather, please call 781-434-7404 to confirm that a meeting will be held.

  1. Greenfield Group. Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 P.M., Greenfield, MA
  2. Tuesday Evening Support Group. 7:00 - 8:00 P.M., Falmouth, MA
  3.  Faith-Based Support Group. This weekly men’s  group affiliated with the Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Greater Boston, provides support to professionals  and others within a faith-based context. The group meets Thursdays from 8:00 - 9:30 P.M. in Brookline, MA.
  4. Worcester Monday Doctors’ 12 Step Group.  This group is open to any doctoral-level healthcare  professional with substance use concerns. It meets every Monday from 7:30 to 8:30 P.M. in Worcester, MA.
  5. Health Care Professionals Recovery Group.  This weekly meeting is a self-help format group  open to any licensed health care professional.  Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00 P.M., Pittsfield, MA.

For those in recovery, there are approximately 1500 AA meetings each week in Eastern Massachusetts alone. A list is available at most meetings, at PHS, and from AA Central Service: 368 Congress Street, Boston (617-426-9444). In addition, there are a number of professional peer support groups, which, while not technically AA meetings, follow AA guidelines, as well as secular support group meeting resources.

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