Iowa Physician Health Program
Being a physician can be a mentally, physically, and emotionally taxing job. The Iowa Physician Health Program (IPHP) provides a safe place for physicians to get the assistance and support they need for mental health conditions, physical health conditions, and substance use disorders that could impact their ability to safely practice medicine.
The Iowa Board of Medicine created the IPHP in 1996. The Board recognizes physicians are not immune to health conditions and supports physicians seeking help before their condition impairs their ability to practice medicine.
When you self-report and seek help from us, your situation and any assessments or treatments received are completely confidential, allowing you to get the help you need. We’ll work with you to address your health issues by coordinating with providers to determine what services are needed to ensure you’re safe to practice medicine.
Assistance For Physical, Mental, and Substance Use Issues
According to JAMA, at least one-third of physicians will experience a condition that impairs their ability to practice at some point in their career. When that happens, the IPHP is here to help. We assist physicians struggling with conditions ranging from mental illnesses, disruptive behaviors, and alcohol and drug dependencies to physical conditions that are making it difficult to practice medicine.
Learn About The Process
We work with physicians who self-report a problem, providers who treat physicians, and employers who have a concern about an employee’s wellbeing. Learn more about the process you will follow using the links below.
Locate a Nearby Support Group
Interested in attending a support group where you can connect with individuals that share your personal conditions or experiences? We have collected a list of support groups in the area; browse the list and view dates and times if you’re interested in attending one.