Professional Assistance Programs

Physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals have requirements for addressing professionals who are impaired. Professional Assistance Programs provide an alternative to losing one’s license for the impaired professional who gets treatment and complies with their guidelines. The Tennessee Medical Foundation (TMF) serves to assist impaired physicians. Additional information about their services can be accessed through the following links:

Tennessee Professional Assistance Program

Nurses, EMTs, paramedics, respiratory therapists, physician assistants, occupational therapists, physical therapists and laboratory technicians, and others healthcare specialists may seek advocacy through the Tennessee Professional Assistance Program – TN-PAP.

Tennessee Medical Foundation-Physician’s Health Program (Physicians)

The Tennessee Medical Foundation-Physician’s Health Program has developed a highly successful, professionally managed program to help salvage the practices—and the lives—of impaired physicians.

Referrals may be made confidentially by an employee assistance program, a co-worker, family member, friend or the physician him/herself. If the physician has come to the attention of the Board of Medical Examiners (BME) or its investigative staff, and the physician is willing to undergo a thorough evaluation to determine the extent of the problem and any treatment needed, all information may be kept confidential from the BME. The Board also makes referrals to the PHP when a rehabilitation program is deemed appropriate as a part of any disciplinary action.

Physicians may benefit from services offered by the Tennessee Medical Foundation-Physician’s Health Program.