Housestaff Mental Health Service and Arkansas Employee Assistance Program

UAMS Medical Staff Health Committee (Physician Health Committee)


The committee concerns itself with behavior of members of the hospital medical staff, including residents, that may indicate impairments of their professional performance by reason of alcohol use or abuse, drug use or abuse, mental illness, physical illness, or a combination of such factors.


We recognize a moral and ethical obligation to protect our patients from the potentially adverse consequences of care administered by impaired physicians.

We recognize a moral and ethical obligation to assist our physician colleagues who suffer from a potentially impairing condition.

Factors contributing to alcohol/drug abuse among physicians

  • Stressful lifestyle
  • long hours, sleep deprivation, financial debt, limited free time, concern over career goals, perfectionism, isolation, unmet personal needs
  • Self-sufficiency
  • tendency to self-medicate, availability and familiarity with drugs
  • MD-eity
  • denial
  • Peer protection

The D’s


  • “I need this hydrocodone/Stadol/etc for my sore shoulder/migraines/etc to be better able to do rounds/clinic/call”
  • “It’s OK to get wasted on my day off – I deserve it”


  • “I know all about these things – how they work, what they do – I can control them”
  • “It’s not a problem -It’s chic – Everybody does it”


  • “Leave me alone! If I’m hurting anyone, I’m hurting no one by myself” “What I do at home/off is my own business”

Some indications of possible impairment due to substance abuse

  • smell of alcohol on breath/sweat
  • bad/frequent hangover signs and symptoms
  • inappropriate behavior at work; difficult to reach when on call; frequently needs coverage or “bailing out by peers/associates
  • reports of DWI’s or stories of “wild behavior”
  • persistent rumors of use of legal/illegal substances; drug-seeking behaviors
  • writing inappropriate prescriptions
  • declining academic/clinical performance

If you think you may suffer from potential impairment by virtue of a substance abuse, mental, or physical disorder, let us help you – your self-referral to the Committee will be handled in strict confidence

If you suspect potential impairment in a fellow physician, help us to help them – notify your program director, department chairman and/or a member of the Medical Staff Health Committee

Who’s on the committee?

Five or more members of the medical staff, reflecting to the extent possible the diversity of the medical staff

  • Mike Mancino, MD, Chairman
  • Danny Wilkerson, MD
  • Deidre Wyrick, MD
  • Forrest “Bernie” Miller, MD
  • Robert Lavender, MD
  • Matthew Spond, MD
  • Kent Westbrook, MD
  • Jim Clardy, MD
  • Stephen Mette, MD
  • Mark Hagemeier, JD
  • Greg Sharp, MD
  • Heather Chapman-Henry, LCSW

How the Committee works

  • Education
  • Identification
  • self-referral
  • evaluation of the credibility of complaints, allegations, or concern brought to the attention of the committee
  • Facilitation of treatment
  • assistance in accessing appropriate Rx options
  • monitoring the treatment/recovery process


  • Our purpose is assistance and rehabilitation:
  • We are not police!
  • We are about salvaging careers and lives
  • We are here if or when you need us:
  • If you are sick, let us help
  • If you suspect a colleague is sick, help us to help them

The Women’s Faculty Development Caucus

The Women’s Faculty Development Caucus was established in 1989 to address the disparity between the growing numbers of women in medicine and the lack of women in leadership positions within academic medicine. The mission is to inspire, encourage, and enable women physicians and scientists to realize their professional and personal goals. See their website for more information.

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