Physician Peer Support Group Meetings

Physician Health Services (PHS) hosts a number of meetings open to ALL physicians, medical students and residents who are in recovery or who are seeking peer support. Groups are held in a few locations. Please contact PHS at 781-434-7404 for more information about any of these meetings and for any announcements of meeting changes due to holidays, inclement weather, or otherwise. Some groups require that you speak with the facilitator before attending your first meeting. As always, your contact with PHS is confidential.

Waltham Support Groups

  • Monday & Thursday Peer Support Group. These groups meet every Monday and Thursday, is recovery focused, and follows AA guidelines. All physicians and medical students seeking peer support are welcome. Meetings are held at 7:00 PM at 860 Winter Street, Waltham, MA.
  • Behavioral Health Peer Support Group. This group meets three times per month (the second and fourth Wednesday and the Monday before the fourth Wednesday of the month). Physicians, residents, and medical students who are experiencing the challenges stemming from the rigors of medicine and could benefit from collegial support are welcome. The focus is to strengthen the ability to effectively deal with patients, employers, hospitals, co-workers, colleagues, peers, family members, and significant others. This facilitated group also works on enhancing the quality of one’s personal and professional life. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesday and the Monday before the fourth Wednesday of each month from 6:30 - 7:45 PM in Waltham, MA. Please contact PHS for next steps prior to attending your first Behavioral Health Peer Support Group meeting.

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

Boston Support Groups

  • Kenmore Square – Weekly Tuesday Professional Peer Support Group. This meeting is recovery focused and welcomes any physician or medical student. Meetings are held every Tuesday (except the second Tuesday of the month) at 6:30 PM in Boston, MA
  • Kenmore Square – Monthly Tuesday Behavioral Health Group. This meeting is offered once a month on the second Tuesday of the month and welcomes physicians and medical students who could benefit from collegial support to develop and strengthen coping skills and enhance the quality of professional and personal life. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM in Boston, MA. Please contact PHS for next steps prior to attending your first Tuesday Behavioral Health group meeting.

Additional Physician Peer Support Resources

  • Greenfield Group. Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 PM, Greenfield, MA
  • Berkshire Healthcare Professionals Recovery Group. This weekly meeting is a self-help format group open to any licensed healthcare professional. Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 PM, Pittsfield, MA.
  • 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 - 8:30 PM in Worcester, MA.
  • Falmouth Support Group. Meetings are held on Tuesdays from 7:00 - 8:00 PM in Falmouth, MA.
  • Faith-Based Men’s Support Group. This weekly men’s group is affiliated with the Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Greater Boston. It provides support to professionals and others within a faith-based context. This is not exclusively a group for physicians and medical students. Meetings are held on Thursdays from 8:00 - 9:30 PM in Brookline, MA.

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PHS is sad to announce that Dr. Steven Adelman has decided to step down from his current position as Medical Director of Physician Health Services, Inc at the end of February 2021. During his eight (8) years of service his efforts have touched the lives and helped the careers of more than one thousand distressed physicians and medical students. He has brought a commitment and passion to the pursuit of PHS’s mission, while expanding the breadth, depth and quality of its services. His success is our success.

Dr. Adelman is planning to pursue other professional interests and opportunities. As PHS begins its search for a new Medical Director, Dr. Adelman will be an important part of our search team, and he will work closely with PHS’s Executive Director, Dr. Bara Litman-Pike.

PHS is very grateful for Dr. Adelman’s leadership and service. His work and that of his staff has been a source of pride to all of us at PHS and MMS. The medical profession and its patients are the ultimate beneficiaries of his tireless efforts.

PHS is looking for great candidates to apply to this important position. We welcome your interest. The job is posted on this link on the MMS website.

The 23rd PHS Annual Dinner Gathering, originally scheduled for May 6, 2020, will be postponed and rescheduled for a later date in 2020 due to the current COVID-19 healthcare crisis. PHS looks forward to seeing everyone and will send an announcement once a new date has been determined. Please contact 781-434-7404 if you have questions. Thank you for all you do.

As you may know, the Board of Registration in Medicine has enacted new regulations for Massachusetts licensed physicians.  Please be assured that PHS continues to provide confidential consultation and assistance, without change, to MA physicians, medical students, and medical leaders. Please feel free to call PHS (781-434-7404) with any questions. 

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