Physician Health Program
RIPHP was established by the Rhode Island Medical Society in 1978 as a standing committee with a mission to promote and support the physical and mental well-being of healthcare professionals thereby contributing to overall safe and competent patient care in Rhode Island. The program is a confidential resource for physicians, PAs, dentists, and podiatrists in Rhode Island who may benefit from help with addressing physical and/or behavioral health concerns that may be affecting their personal and professional quality of life.
Concerned about the well-being of a doctor?
The Rhode Island Medical Society’s Physician Health Program has helped hundreds of physicians, dentists, podiatrists and physician assistants address personal health issues that can sometimes compromise professional performance and/or personal quality of life. As a peer review body, the Physician Health Program and its Committee have the strong protection of both Rhode Island and federal law for the confidentiality of its work.
Common Warning Signs
- Rapidly turns from compassionate and caring to abrupt/caustic
- Withdraws from friends and activities
- Becomes mistrusting, anxious, depressed, irritable
- Misses appointments
- Makes rounds at unusual hours
- Can’t be reached when on call
- Sloppy charting
- Smell of alcohol on breath during the day
- Loss of appetite or reduced level of exercise
- Looks tired; admits to insomnia
- Personal hygiene deteriorates
- Physical problems are self-treated
- Family communication deteriorates
- Frequent arguments, spouse blamed
- Occurrence of spouse, child abuse
- Children may exhibit poor school performance
- Jealousy, infidelity leading to separation, divorce