American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes


Support for Navigating Personal and Professional Lives: The Physician Support Line

Navigating a personal and professional life as a physician and surgeon is challenging.

The Physician Support Line offers empathic and active listening, motivational interviewing, supportive therapy, collaborative problem solving, and cognitive behavioral techniques to manage acute stress, panic, depression, and insomnia. It also can help you start processing stressors, including but not limited to the COVID-19 pandemic, existing mental health disorders, substance use disorders, family dynamics, childhood or current trauma, grief and loss, and chronic illness. This service is for peer support and not formal treatment.

The Physician Support Line is a confidential peer-to-peer support line for physicians, by physicians. The line is open to U.S.-based DO/MD/international equivalents at the attending, fellow, resident, intern, medical student, or research level. You do not need to be currently practicing medicine to use the Physician Support Line.

For immediate peer support, contact the Physician Support Line:

  • Call toll-free from the U.S. and Puerto Rico: 1 (888) 409-0141
  • Open seven days a week | 8:00 - 1:00 am Eastern time
  • No appointment necessary
  • Free and confidential

For questions and more information about the Physician Support Line, privacy, confidentiality, and more, visit their FAQ page.