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A 2011 Current Psychiatry article notes that medical boards increasingly ask applicants about their mental health.“Acknowledging a history of mental health or substance abuse treatment triggers a more in-depth inquiry by the medical board,” wrote Dr.
Robert Bright, a psychiatry professor at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Since the boards hold the keys to licensure, many say this is a conflict of interest.
There are growing concerns about whether PHPs have the right approach to the job.
On the evening of June 21, 2012, Greg drew a bath, lit candles, and put his i Pod on speaker.
He drank a copious quantity of vodka, and placed family photos on the ceramic ledge of the tub. Greg Miday.”Then he climbed into the warm water and with surgical skill, punctured the arteries carrying blood to his hands and feet.
PHPs are incorporated as nonprofits and have autonomy from the boards.
In a related article, she recounted the story of a retired surgeon whose medical school professor told his students that if they decided to commit suicide, they should do it right. Small wonder, then, that many medical students report being depressed but consider it a weakness to ask for help themselves. Among doctors, that figure is between 10 to 15 percent.
One study found that only 22 percent of medical students who screened positive for depression sought help from a therapist, and that only 42 percent of those who had suicide ideation received treatment. In most states, doctors must disclose a mental health diagnosis or treatment history when applying for or renewing their medical license.
“The lack of distinction between diagnosis and impairment further stigmatizes physicians who seek care and impedes treatment.”Doctors who acknowledge problems with substances or mental health are typically referred to a physicians health program, or PHP.
These organizations evaluate, monitor, and treat physicians.