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Important New Paper–Systematic Abuse and Misuse of Psychiatry in Physicians’ Heath Programs Discussed in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons

Physicians Heath Programs (PHPs) are part of the medical regulatory-therapeutic complex intended to protect the public from impaired physicians. Initially, they were supposed to provide a benevolent means to treat physicians with substance use disorders and return them to the … Continue reading

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Doctors Who Use Weed Off-Duty Are Getting Their Licenses Suspended Even in states where cannabis is legal

Awesome piece at Vice news by Ankita Rao here. It is appalling that any entity would refer a physician to a state physician health program for an evaluation–that can cost $6000, and that’s before physicians are told to stay for 30 … Continue reading

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How broad are state physician health program descriptions of physician impairment?

My latest piece with co-author and Georgetown law student Nick Lawson is here. All credit for this piece is due to Nick who conceived of the idea and ran with it.  Physician health programs (PHPs) are unknown to most physicians … Continue reading

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Don’t Trust Data and Statistics about PHP Success Rates

Nicholas Lawson, fellow physician and incoming Georgetown Law student, and I penned this letter in General Hospital Psychiatry Lawson Boyd Letter Gen Hosp Psych on PHPs which makes clear the myriad reasons why the success and satisfaction rates that Physician Health … Continue reading

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Do state physician health programs encourage referrals that violate the Americans with Disabilities Act?

Hot off the presses with co-author Nick Lawson in the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry is this article entitled “Do state physician health programs encourage referrals that violate the Americans with Disabilities Act?”  A PDF of the paper is  … Continue reading

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BMJ highlights problems in physician health programs

The British Medical Journal (BMJ) recently printed a piece highlighting many of the problems with state Physician Health Programs (PHPs) that I have been writing about for several years. You can find the BMJ piece here: http://bit.ly/29dtSFC I am so … Continue reading

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A Call for National Standards and Oversight of State Physician Health Program

My paper of the same title was just published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine.  The title sums up the essence of the paper, namely that since other healthcare entities (such as hospitals and residency training programs) are subject to … Continue reading

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Deciding Whether To Refer a Colleague to a Physician Health Program

I have a new piece out in the AMA Journal of Ethics about physician health programs.  You can find it here.

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Help for Physicians who have Substance Use Disorders

Most states have physician health programs (PHPs), and physicians who are referred to them are generally bound to do whatever the PHP tells them in order to continue practicing medicine.   Thus, PHPs wield a lot of power.  The problem … Continue reading

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