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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: PHS@mms.org 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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ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPEN POSITION AT PHS

PHS is actively recruiting for a Medical Director. This is a unique opportunity to be an important part of a mission driven non-profit organization that supports the health, well-being, and effectiveness of physicians and medical students in MA. PHS is currently accepting applications, through the job posting here: MMS website. Please review the job description and apply. You may also contact a member of the search committee: Mary Anna Sullivan, MD, Chair, PHS Board of Directors; Glenn Pransky, MD, Director, PHS Board of Directors; Booker Bush, MD, Director, PHS Board of Directors; Dustin Patil, MD, Director, PHS Board of Directors; Bara Litman-Pike, PsyD, Executive Director PHS.

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.

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