Issue #30 October/November 2020


This CPPPH newsletter aims to keep readers abreast of current developements and relevant information about physician health and wellbeing in California.

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Wellness activities address quality of life and professional satisfaction for all physicians. Wellbeing activities focus on an individual physician and provide resources for identifying, evaluating, referring, treating, and monitoring for physicians when addiction, mental health, behavioral issues, and the effects of aging are a concern.

Confidential Assistance Over the Phone

The Physicans’ and Dentists’ Confidential Assistance Line is a 24-hour phone service providing completely confidential doctor-to-doctor assistance for physicians experiencing substance use or mental health issues. Call:

  • (650) 756-7787
    (northern California)
  • (213) 383-2691
    (southern California)


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When a Medical Staff Member Gets a DUI

When medical staffs learn that a member has either a recent DUI or one that goes back as much as a few years, what response is appropriate? There is much to know and understand about that question. The next CPPPH/CSAM videoconference will be a 90-minute session on Thursday, November 19, on medical staff policies and the procedures that kick into place when the medical staff learns that a physician has been stopped, or arrested, or charged, or convicted. What should you know and when should you know it?
If you have received notices and the links to register for previous CPPPH/CSAM videoconferences, you are already on the mailing list to receive registration information for the November 19th session. If not, CLICK HERE to ask to be put on the mailing list.


World Disrupted

The annual meeting of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs is called “World Disrupted”. There will be four separate days — March 30, April 1, ,8 and 15 — of on-line sessions supporting professionals dedicated to physician well-being, including the treatment of substance use disorders and mental illness facing physicians and other healthcare professionals.


CMA and CMA Wellness

With its CMA Wellness initiative, California Medical Association is focusing on all caregivers, not just physicians. Care 4 Caregivers Now (C4CN) has expanded its mission to help more health care workers struggling with any stress-related challenge. Peer coaching is now available for physicians (M.D. and D.O.), physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, certified respiratory therapist, registered respiratory therapists, residents/fellows, medical students, public health officers and medical reserve corps volunteers. C4CN is free, confidential (no mandated reporting requirement) and virtual.


Available from CPPPH

You can read all the past issues of CPPPH eNews HERE.
Five CPPPH guideline documents are available HERE.



Issue #30, October/November 2020

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