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Foundation Staff: Phone: (717) 558-7750 or (800) 228-7823 and Email: foundation@pamedsoc.org 
PHP Staff:
Phone: (866) 747-2255 or (717) 558-7819, Friday (emergency calls only) Phone: (717) 558-7817, Fax: (855) 933-2605 and Email: php-foundation@pamedsoc.org
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Additional resource: Face COVID – How to respond effectively to the Corona crisis by Dr. Russ Harris

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PHP Update - Spring 2020

In this issue:

  • Thank you, Dr. McClure

    At the end of 2019, Dr. Charles McClure concluded his six-year term as a member of the Physicians’ Health Program Advisory Committee. The staff members of the PHP are incredibly grateful for his dedicated service to his peers.

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  • National Doctors’ Day – March 30

    On March 30, we celebrate you. National Doctors’ Day recognizes the important work you do every day as medical professionals. Your charge is unique and your dedication to your communities is appreciated.

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  • From the PHP Director - Embracing Change

    Change can be challenging and honestly, most people do not enjoy it.  When I was growing up, my father taught me the best thing to do when faced with change is to adapt and endure. As a youngster, I was a little dismissive and did not realize the depth of wisdom in this concept. As an adult, I’ve had the opportunity to embrace change and apply this knowledge to grow personally and professionally.

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  • From the Executive Director - Our Pledge: Not one more

    My grandmother used to say, “death always comes in threes.” Sadly, as 2020 began to unfold, it seems the rule of three has grossly elevated when it comes to those being lost to the opioid epidemic. In a span of two months, four lives within my circle of family and friends were cut short due to overdoses related to opioid addiction. They were spouses, parents and children – all gone way too soon. They leave behind a path of over-whelming sadness.

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  • PHP Welcomes Medical Director Dr. Kim

    In January 2020, the PHP welcomed Dr. Edwin Kim as a part-time medical director. Dr. Kim holds a bachelor’s degree in psychobiology from the University of California Los Angeles and he obtained his medical degree from Saint George’s University. He completed his residency training in psychiatry at Maricopa Integrated Health System in Phoenix and completed his fellowship in addiction psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.

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  • From the Medical Director – A physician gets a DUI. What’s the big deal?

    When I was in grade school in the 1950s, my uncle, a dentist, was killed in a traffic accident. A drunk driver had crossed the midline on a state highway in Nebraska, and struck my uncle’s car head on, killing both drivers, and leaving my aunt with three young children and no financial support. I remember my dad fuming, “there ought to be a law against this type of thing.” Drunk driving was commonplace then, with little legal repercussion. Things have been tightening up progressively since that time but driving under the influence (DUI) remains the most commonly committed crime.

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  • Working for You - Katie Thiemann, LSW

    This 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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Spread the word and save a life with PHP posters

Seeking help when you’re suffering from a substance use disorder, mental illness or other behavioral issue is hard. Compound with the pressures of working in the medical field and it becomes even harder.

The Physicians’ Health Program is here to help. We’ve created a set of posters for hospitals and other medical facilities to display in common areas where professionals gather. These eye-catching, yet simple designs can discreetly provide a struggling physician with the lifeline needed to get help.

To download and print these posters today, visit www.foundationpamedsoc.org/posters.