Physician Health and Rehabilitation Fall Conference



Challenging Behaviors, Recovery and Physician Health Programs will be the theme of the Physician Health and Rehabilitation Fall Conference held Sept. 16-17 at The St. Anthony Riverwalk Wyndham Hotel in San Antonio.  Behaviors that characterize ethical professional conduct correlate with improved patient satisfaction and outcomes. Among physicians, there is a lifetime prevalence of substance use disorders of approximately 10 to 12 percent, similar to the general population. How does a physician or health care professional respond to a patient in recovery who objects to participating in self-help groups? Conveying troubling news and engaging in difficult conversations with patients and their families are pivotally important, although anxiety-provoking components of clinical practice. Early detection of potentially impaired physicians not only protects patients, but also saves physicians' careers. Nationwide, physician health programs have proven successful with reports of five-year abstinence rates of 70 percent, return-to-work rates of 96 percent, and virtually no evidence of risk or harm to patients by participating physicians. Attend this conference to find out how you can respond ethically and efficiently to challenging behavior encounters and recovery issues, and utilize existing services and new initiatives to improve patient outcomes and physician health services in Texas.

The following competencies related to this activity were utilized to determine the practice gap:

  • Institute of Medicine: Work in interdisciplinary teams
  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education: Interpersonal and communication skills, and professionalism

Date and Location

Sept. 16-17, 2011
The St. Anthony Riverwalk Wyndham Hotel
300 East Travis Street
San Antonio, Texas
(210) 227-4392

Upon completion of the program, participants should be able to:

  • Evaluate how ethical physician behavior correlates with improved patient satidfaction and outcomes.
  • Identify the disease aspects of Substance Use Disorders.
  • Practice a range of approaches that constructively address intense conversations and situations.
  • Assess the efficacy of self-help support groups.
  • Summarize the mission, activities, and asuccess of teh Colorado Physician Health Program.
  • Analyze the successes of the TMA Committee on Phsyician Health and Rehabilitation.
  • Interpret Texas Physician Health Program data and the experience of its participants.
  • Utilize existing services and new initiatives to improve patient outcomes and physician health services in Texas.

Who Should Attend

The program is designed for physicians of all specialties; members and consultants of state and county medical society PHR committees; district coordinators; regional education team members; hospital representatives, including chiefs of staff, medical staff coordinators, administrators, and members of hospital-based peer assistance committees; and others interested in learning more about challenging behaviors, recovery, and physician health programs. 


Friday, Sept. 16
5-6:30 pm      Registration and Welcome Reception

Saturday, Sept. 17
7 am               Registration and Continental Breakfast
7:30 am          Welcome
7:45 am          Addressing Physician Behavior: Benefits to Patients (Ethics)
8:45 am          Addiction: A Disease, Not a Choice
9:45 am          Break
10:15 am        Managing Conflicts in the Workplace (Ethics)
11:15 am        A Practical Approach to the 12 Steps
12:15 pm        Lunch 
1:15 pm          Colorado Physician Health Program 
2:15 pm          Break
2:45 pm          TMA Committee on PHR: Current Issues
3:30 pm          Texas Physician Health Program: Initial Data and Experience
4:15 pm          Looking Ahead: Physician Health Services in Texas to Promote Patient Safety
5 pm              Adjourn


The Texas Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The TMA designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Ethics and/or Professional Responsibility Education

Texas Medical Association has designated this activity for 2 hours of ethics and/or professional responsibility education.

Educational Methods

Educational methods will include lectures, PowerPoint and case presentations, and audience participation. 


The content of this conference does not relate to any product of a commercial interest; therefore, there are no relevant financial relationships to disclose.


$180 per person (received prior to Sept. 1);
$230 after Sept. 1 and onsite

The fee includes welcome reception, breakfast, lunch, breaks, and conference syllabus.

  • Visit the TMA Web site at to register online.
  • Fax registration form with credit card information to: TMA Knowledge Center at (512) 370-1634.
  • Mail registration form and check or credit card information to: Texas Medical Association, Attn: TMA Knowledge Center, 401 W. 15th St., Austin, TX 78701-1680.
  • Call (800) 880-7955 or (512) 370-1550 to register with your credit card.

Individuals registered for the conference may invite their spouse or a guest to attend the Friday reception for a $35 fee. If the guest will attend the conference, full registration fees apply.

Cancellation Policy

A $25 fee applies to all cancellations. TMA will issue no refunds after Sept. 1. All cancellation requests must be made in writing and sent to Linda Kuhn, Texas Medical Association, 401 W. 15th St., Austin, TX 78701-1680, or faxed to (512) 370-1347.

PHR Exhibit Hall
Door Prize Drawings!

Various companies have been invited to exhibit during the PHR conferecne. Meals and breaks will be available in the exhibit area. You will receive a list of exhibitors as part of teh conference syllabus handed out at registration.

Please take time to visit our exhibitors, as they help keep the cost of this meeting low for attendees. The TMA Committee on PHR will host door prize drawings for those of you who visit the exhibitors.


The St. Anthony Riverwalk Wyndham Hotel has confirmed the following rates for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16-17, for conference guests: $134 (single); $144 (double).

Make your hotel reservation by phone at (800) 996-3426 or (210) 227-4392, or by using the online booking link. Identify yourself as a participant in the Texas Medical Association conference to receive the special rate. You can make your online reservations at


The St. Anthony will hold a block of rooms at the conference room rate until Aug. 26, 2011, at which time it will release any unreserved rooms from the block.

Course Brochure

The course brochure is available to download in PDF format.  You will need Adobe Reader to open this file, click here  for a free download.


If you are interested in exhibiting at this conference, please complete the Exhibitor Registration Form. Consult the Exhibitor Package, which explains the benefits of exhibiting at the PHR Committee conference.