Physician Health Services

Mission: Physician Health Services, Inc. is dedicated to improving the health, well-being, and effectiveness of physicians and medical students while promoting patient safety. This is achieved by supporting physicians through education and prevention, as well as assessment, referral to treatment, and monitoring.

PHS is open, though virtually. PHS is always available for consultations – on the fly, or in depth, assistance with burnout and self-care techniques, and referrals. Call: 781-434-7404.

PHS is providing a new service to the Massachusetts Medical Community in the month of April 2020:
The Physician Health Services, Inc. (PHS) core mission of promoting the health, well-being, and effectiveness of physicians and medical students in Massachusetts has never been more relevant. We continue to be in touch with hundreds of physicians on the front lines of providing medical care and provide them with support, resources, and a listening ear. Services are provided virtually now, including support groups for current clients.

In the interest of the well-being of the broader medical community, and recognition that we are all in this together, PHS will be offering a twice weekly free and confidential ‘Virtual Self-Care Group’ to physicians in MA, facilitated by licensed PHS professionals. Groups will meet on Tuesday and Thursdays through April, from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. If interested, please email: and let us know how to reach you.

Reminder about the PHS Podcast series on Burnout:
MedPEP, the Medical Professionals Empowerment Program
, is a podcast series created and sponsored by PHS. The crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic is stressing our already stressed healthcare system. Physician burnout rates which were hovering at 50% are climbing and physicians’ physical and emotional well-being are at risk. Each MedPEP podcast delves into ways physicians can practice self-care, even in a time of crisis. MedPEP also provides free, risk-management CMEs.

Physician Health Services (PHS) is a non-profit corporation founded by the MMS that provides confidential consultation and support to physicians, residents, and medical students facing concerns related to:

  • Alcoholism
  • Substance abuse
  • Behavioral or mental health issues
  • Physical illness

PHS also provides a safe environment where physicians can talk to other physicians about the stress and demands of modern medical practices. Issues often relate to:

  • Stress of managing a practice
  • Coping with a competitive work environment
  • Financial pressures
  • Dealing with administrative burdens 
  • Work-family balance

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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. 

- August 14, 2019

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