Links to Other Websites

  • The website of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs is the source of all their publications.

  • The website of the physician health program for the state of Massachusetts contains a wealth of information, much of it applicable to all programs, some applicable only to MA. Physician Health Services, Inc., a Massachusetts Medical Society corporation
  • The website of UC Davis Medical Staff Well-Being Committee describes the committee and gives samples of forms in

  • The website of California Society of Addiction Medicine

  • The website for Western Doctors in Recovery

  • The website for the Human Intervention Motivation Study which is the occupational substance abuse treatment program for commercial pilots is
    The Human Intervention Motivation Study (HIMS) is an occupational substance abuse treatment program, specific to commercial pilots, that coordinates the identification, treatment, and return to work process for affected aviators.  It is an industry-wide effort in which managers, pilots, healthcare professionals, and the FAA work together to preserve careers and enhance air safety. 
    In the 1970’s, a medical research project called HIMS (Human Intervention Motivation Study) was spearheaded by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), a labor union, and funded by the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), a federal agency.
    This study was designed to test a program for dealing with the presence of alcoholism in the airline pilot population. Several factors prompted the development of a pilot specific model. The commercial aviation environment was not well suited for a traditional on-the-job supervisory program, and it was believed a recovering pilot’s ability to function effectively was best observed by fellow pilots.  Accordingly, a peer identification and referral system seemed well suited for developing a pilot-centered, confidential, participatory program. Given the sensitive nature of a pilot’s responsibilities and the interrelationship between medical and technical performance standards, it was apparent that involvement of the airline, the FAA, and peer pilots was essential to the success of the program. Since its inception, over 4,500 professional pilots have been successfully rehabilitated and returned to their careers.