Graduate Medical Education


Graduate Medical Education Policies and Procedures

Policy on Alcohol & Other Substance Chemical Abuse Dependency or Physical Impairment

The abuse or inappropriate use of alcohol and other psychoactive or mood-altering drugs is not permitted. Since patient health and safety are the paramount concern in the clinical setting, all suspected cases of physician impairment must be reported to the program director, to a designated hospital official, or the appropriate hospital or medical staff committee, as is most appropriate.

Residents are regularly provided information about the problems of alcohol and chemical dependency among health professionals. Information about the University of Illinois Employee Assistance Program , Graduate Medical Education Ombudsman is provided to all residents.

Residents suspected of impairment, due to alcohol or other chemical influences, will be referred for specific counseling evaluation. Recommendations from professional counselors will be utilized by the residency director to decide whether a resident may continue in patient activities or whether suspension pending medical treatment, and/or termination will be required. In all cases, the due process of the program will be followed. The program's intent is to assist the resident physician to regain the ability to successfully complete the residency training program and to successfully practice in the specialty. Taking precedence over this, however, is to guarantee patient welfare.

Resident or staff physicians needing to seek help for a resident suspected of substance abuse may confidentially contact the residency director or the GMEC Ombudsman.

Following referral to an appropriate counseling source (psychiatrist, psychologist, or specialist in chemical dependency and substance abuse), standard accepted intervention will occur followed by recommendations of treatment programs and monitoring to facilitate successful treatment, rehabilitation, and preparedness to participate in limited or full residency-related activities.

All processes for intervention and management of the impaired resident physician will be maintained confidential by the health professionals and faculty responsible for assisting the impaired physician.


Approved by GMEC: 3/27/2015