FSPHP 2022 Annual Education Conference:  
Embracing Inclusivity and Confronting Stigma with 
Professionals Health Programs’ Best Practices

Tuesday, April 26 - Thursday, April 28, 2022; New Orleans Marriott 

Call for Poster Presentation Abstracts & Proposals: CLOSED

The Federation of State Physician Health Programs (FSPHP) invites the submission of presentation abstracts and proposals for the FSPHP 2022 Annual Education Conference: Embracing Inclusivity and Confronting Stigma with Professionals Health Programs’ Best Practices. 

This conference is attended by over 250 state physician health program administrators, care providers, and allied health professionals dedicated to the purposes of the FSPHP, and its member state programs. It provides an opportunity for professional exchange of information and to network with professionals dedicated to issues of physician well-being, including the treatment of substance use disorders and mental health conditions facing physicians and other licensed health-care professionals in the United States, Canada, and other parts of the world.

The 2022 FSPHP Annual Education Conference will focus on two themes: Inclusivity and Destigmatization for healthcare professionals as we deliver Physician Health Program (PHP) best practices. We are seeking abstracts and presentations that focus on overcoming these barriers, while addressing the evaluation, treatment, and monitoring of illness and conditions relevant to our work. This includes the stigma that accompanies mental health and substance use disorder in healthcare professionals.

Why: National events have drawn our attention to the ubiquitous problems of inclusivity and discrimination. PHPs face their brand of challenges in this arena, from questions around internal/implicit bias to accusations of workplace/systemic discrimination from those referred to PHPs.

Regarding stigma, we see changing trends in how the media and the public view mental health problems of public and private figures. Recent stories include Naomi Osaka withdrawing from the French Open due to mental health problems, Simone Biles opting out of Olympic events because of “the twisties,” and Lorna Breen’s tragic decision to end her life during the pandemic. We ask that you consider how practitioners with mental health problems are perceived by the public, employers, regulators, credentialers, and themselves. How will we work with these often-problematic perceptions?

Finally, it is recognized that mental health stigma, bias, and discrimination may be the most important barriers to seeking help and to the well-being of health professionals. Eradicating mental health stigma, bias, and discrimination is a valuable end in itself, but it is also necessary to support cultures of wellness within healthcare that can effectively reduce and respond to burnout and mental health issues among healthcare workers.

Pertinent topics affecting PHP work with healthcare professionals will be explored through the lens of these themes. For example, when discussing substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and monitoring trends, speakers could also address how to best frame testing as a supportive tool, how to reduce the potential humiliations of testing, and how participants and PHPs can effectively address SUD bias and discrimination with administration, colleagues, and others involved.

This year we encourage you to submit presentation proposals with different interactive formats with these themes in mind. We are specifically interested in panels that explore the ways in which PHPs and others have addressed inclusivity, implicit bias, and workplace/systemic discrimination. In addition, we are interested in a panel discussion of stigma related to participants with SUDs or mental health problems in general.

Destigmatization and/or inclusivity must be an element of focus in your submission to be successfully considered. Your submission might include, for example, PHP relationships with medical boards, confidentiality and safe haven, increasing self-referrals, and PHPs’ education and outreach to practitioners and the public.

Conference Objectives

  1. Review existing evidence-informed strategies that promote cultures of wellness through the assessment and mitigation of mental health stigma, bias, and discrimination in the healthcare ecosystem.
  2. Examine policies or practices of PHPs, evaluation and treatment providers, employers, educators, and regulatory or credentialing entities that encourage (or impede) early identification, access to resources, and effective interventions for healthcare professionals at risk of burnout, mental illness, and/or substance use disorders.
  3. Describe education and advocacy efforts that use destigmatization strategies to promote health professional wellness, access to support, and effective treatment.
  4. Identify best practices for identifying, referring, and monitoring substance use and mental health disorders in healthcare professionals. Such practices include mitigating stigma, internal/implicit bias, and discrimination.

Examples of Topics for Presentations That May Address These Objectives Include the Following

  • A review of PHP or other organizations’ best practices or quality improvement activities that other programs can implement to reduce stigma, bias, and discrimination or promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • A review of PHP experiences with complaints of workplace/systemic discrimination from healthcare professional participants or others and recommendations for managing those issues. This could include how PHPs and others are working to elevate participant voices in their work.
  • Review and analyze best practices for identifying substance use disorders in healthcare professionals, for providing resources for evidence-based best treatment, and for identifying monitoring or treatment practices that may contribute to stigma.
  • Use information on changing public perceptions on mental health problems and treatment to consider changes in how we effectively communicate about PHP programs or services to healthcare professionals and the public.
  • Expand upon licensure/credentialing/certifying board rules, regulations, or processes that provide confidential/safe-haven practices (or other mechanisms that create exceptions to mandated reporting or non-reporting) that support privacy for healthcare information while balancing the need for public safety. 

Session Categories
Below are the conference session categories and descriptions of each. Each submission will be asked to indicate the session category/categories the session falls within.

General Session
These are high-quality sessions that are relevant to all conference attendees and focuses on an innovative educational, administrative, research, career development, or clinical topic. Time: 60-90 minutes

These sessions allow for in-depth discussion and learning on new approaches and best practices. These sessions should be designed for interactivity among participants along with practical takeaways. Time: tbd
Breakout Session  
These sessions provide a forum for concise didactic presentation followed by discussion. The focus may be clinical, research, administrative, educational, or personal or career development. These sessions may be combined with submissions on the same topic. Time: 30-60 minutes
Panel Discussion 
These sessions feature an experienced moderator, leading a discussion with a panel of 3-5 industry experts and thought leaders. Preference is given to proposals with moderators and experts from different organizations who come prepared with short presentations to enhance the learning.   May be slotted as a General Session or Breakout Session. Time: 60-90 minutes
These presentations provide an opportunity to display quality of care studies and discuss investigator's completed original research; or discuss an innovative educational or curricular project pertinent to the health of medical professionals.
Key Dates

Oral Presentation Submissions Due

October 31, 2021

Notification of Acceptance of Oral Presentations

November 30, 2021

Poster Presentation Submissions Due

January 31, 2022

Notification of Acceptance of Poster Presentations

February 18, 2022

Speaker PowerPoint Presentations Due

March 1, 2022

Important Information

  • All presentation abstracts and proposals must be submitted using the online Abstract and Proposal Presentation Submission Form.  
  • All authors are required to complete and submit a Disclosure/Content Validation Form for CME accreditation purposes at the time of submission.  
  • Presentation abstract and proposal submission text and information will be used on conference materials including but not limited to the FSPHP website, conference communications and the mobile app.
  • Speakers will be offered the option to submit live audience poll questions during their session. The questions will be submitted in advance with the presentations.

Responsibility of Expenses
All speakers will be responsible for their meeting registration fee, travel arrangements and costs. As the speaker submitting this presentation proposal, it is your responsibility to communicate this to all speakers indicated on this proposal submission.

Speaker Discounted Registration Rate
We are happy to offer all FSPHP 2022 Annual Education Conference speakers a discounted registration rate of $575. All speakers will be sent instructions and a discount code upon notification of acceptance. Please know we appreciate your valuable education contribution to the FSPHP.

Permission to Release and Record
If this submission is accepted, I hereby grant the Federation of State Physician Health Programs (FSPHP) permission to distribute and record my FSPHP 2022 Annual Education Conference presentation and related session materials at the in-person conference, on the conference mobile application, and on the FSPHP website for education purposes.

This permission includes rights for use for educational purposes and includes authorization to use my name, biographic information, session recording and supporting material in connection with each lecture. FSPHP will not use the content for any other purpose without obtaining permission from the undersigned. This permission is revocable.

To my knowledge my conference sessions materials are original and/or fall within Fair Use Guidelines listed below.

  • Showing a few copyrighted images from a book, article, or website
  • Playing short portions of movies for informational purposes
  • Displaying quotes from journal articles or stories, with citation

Responsibilities of the Presenting Author

  • The first author listed for each presentation submission serves as the presenting author and as the primary contact for all correspondence regarding the presentation proposal.
  • The presenting author must be one of the co-authors listed on the submitted proposal.
  • The presenting author is responsible for the following:
    • Ensuring that all authors have read the proposal and agreed to be co-authors. Failure to get approval from all authors will result in rejection of the proposal.
    • Notifying all co-authors of any additions, deletions, and changes to the program, as may be communicated by the FSPHP.
    • Forwarding all correspondence to all co-authors, including FSPHP the Responsibility of Expenses and the Permission to Release & Record policies.

Notice to Submitter
ATTENTION: The online presentation abstract and proposal submissions form has a built-in timer of 10 minutes. You will be asked if you would like to continue your session before the timer runs out. If you do not continue your session, you will lose your presentation abstract and proposal data.

Once you begin the presentation abstract and proposal submission form you can make edits, until you hit “submit.” However, you cannot save your work and return to it later. We recommend you prepare the text in a word document to finalize all the text, and then cut and paste the text into the online presentation abstract and proposal submission form.   

For more information email Linda Bresnahan at [email protected]