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Physician Health Services

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

PHS Newest Associate Director – Jacquelyn Starer, MD


PHS Mourns the Loss of Associate Director Michael Palmer  

We are deeply saddened to announce that Michael Palmer, MD, one of the icons of the recovery and physician health communities. has passed away. Michael has been an integral part of PHS since 1982, and was considered a central force in the transformation of the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Committee on Impaired Physicians to the Committee on Physician Health, leading to the incorporation of PHS in 1993. 

Read more about Dr. Palmer, along with tributes from current and former colleagues. »

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