The Iowa Physician Health Program (IPHP) believes a physician's professional skills and reputation do not have to be damaged as a result of impairment, if supportive services are put in place at an early stage.
Who Should Self-report?
Physicians who suspect they are at risk of being unable to practice with reasonable skill and safety due to impairment, have the right (and obligation) to ask for help when they need it. By failing to do so, they put both themselves and their patients at risk. By self-reporting, the physician may avoid possible disciplinary action by the Board that results if a complaint is made to the Board by a colleague, patient, hospital administrator, concerned family members, etc. It is a safe bet that by the time a physician is ready to address this type of problem, others are also concerned about the possible impairment.