PHP Update - Fall 2018

In this issue:

  • A life changed: Jon Lepley, DO

    “A life changed,” a new regular feature in PHP Update, highlights the work of a PHP participant and shares how the program has impacted their life. If you’re interested in sharing your story for a future issue of PHP Update, please email Cassandra Davis at

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  • Executive Director Message: The life preserver in the flood

    I recently watched a video where a volunteer firefighter and a Good Samaritan stepped in quickly to save an elderly woman from a flash flood that occurred as a small town in Pennsylvania was deloused with 10 inches of rain in a very short period of time. I wondered, “How did she get there? Didn’t she listen to the warnings?” Then I felt thankful for the rescuers who were in the right place at the right time. Their heroic efforts helped to save a life.

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  • Physicians’ Health Program Director Message

    In July, I celebrated my fifth anniversary as an employee at the Physicians’ Health Program at the Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. It’s hard to articulate what these five years have meant to me. I’ve learned a lot. I’ve grown both personally and professionally.

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  • PHP Medical Director Message: Sticks and stones

    The old adage about sticks and stones is wrong. The words we use can wound others deeply and indelibly. This is never more true than when dealing with marginalized groups such as racial minorities and people who use substances.

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  • Working for You

    This new regular feature in PHP Update introduces staff members from the Physicians’ Health Program at the Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society.

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  • Tax-Free Giving Using Retirement Assets

    Consider making a gift to the Foundation using your retirement plan assets. Congress has once again made charitable giving from retirement assets an attractive option.

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  • PHP Advisory Committee Needs You!

    Do you have a special interest in assisting physicians on their journey to recovery? Do you have extensive knowledge of substance use disorders? Do you feel a calling to give back to a community that has helped you?

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  • PHP Medical Director: What the heck is MBSR?

    Obviously, MBSR is an acronym of some sort. Let me say from the outset that I’m becoming increasingly disillusioned by the overuse of acronyms, because they’re everywhere. In fact, they are so omnipresent and overused that they are now overlapping: for example, PHP can stand for Physicians’ Health Program, or it can stand for Partial Hospitalization Program, or People Helping People, or 25 other meanings which can be found by Googling “PHP.”

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