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Who We Are

Physicians Serving Physicians is an independent, physician-centric organization that was established in 1981 by a group of physicians in recovery to help other physicians with substance use disorders and their families.

The core of PSP’s mission is to provide active help and service to physicians (including residents and medical students) affected by substance use disorders. Physicians are unique in that they have more to lose than others facing impairment and consequences—stigma, privacy, professional reputations, employment and credentialing, and licensure. PSP offers their services at no charge to physicians, residents and medical students.

PSP offers the following unique services:

  • Education – PSP provides education about substance use disorders for individuals, family members, colleagues, co-workers, medical and hospital staff leaders, as well as for concerned others.

  • Referral – PSP assists colleagues with substance use disorders with resources and referral as appropriate.

  • Monthly Meetings – Perhaps the most active program, PSP hosts monthly self-help meetings for mutual support, planning and discussion of issues that are unique to physicians in recovery.  Documentation of attendance at recovery meetings is often required by HPSP.

PSP has been a well-known resource in the community to not only physicians, but also to hospital system leaders, who also need support and counsel.