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Graduate Medical Education

Quillen College of Medicine

Physician Wellness

Resident Assistance Program

For assistance call: pager (423) 854-0342 - **available 24 hours a day**

What is the Resident Assistance Program?

ETSUs Resident Assistance Program (RAP) is a confidential counseling and referral service for ETSU Quillen College of Medicine residents/fellows and families.

One goal of the program is to encourage self referral so that you can be helped with training issues, personal and marital concerns before they lead to more serious difficulties.

A second goal is to assist residents with substance abuse problems through evaluation and treatment so as to reduce risk to patients and restore residents to health and effective training and practice.  Substance abuse services are coordinated with the State programs of the Physicians Health Program of the Tennessee Medical Foundation.  A department chair or program director may recommend that a resident see RAP services, but residents are especially encouraged to request consultation on their own.

Who can receive services? 

 All ETSU Quillen College of Medicine residents/fellows and their family members.

What happens when you call? 

You will reach Phillip Steffey. He may arrange an appointment with you in his office to discuss various options. These discussions are completely confidential.

What about confidentiality?

Your privacy is an important element of the RAP program. The RAP program is completely independent of your department.  All conversations, over the telephone or in person, are confidential.

Who is Phillip Steffey? 

Mr. Steffey is the RAP coordinator and has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1997. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, TN. He obtained his Master of Divinity at The Southern Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He received a Master of Social Work from East Carolina University in Greeneville, NC.  Other clinicians may provide services if specific situations require.

What are the most common problems that residents have?

Personal/Emotional concerns          Misconduct in patient care
Financial concerns                           Marital/family problems
Problems with interpersonal skills    Substance abuse

How much will this cost? 

The counseling sessions with Mr. Steffey are free to all residents and their immediate family members. If he refers you to another physician, your health insurance through the University will cover the first six sessions at no cost for the resident and/or family member.


Please call Mr. Steffey with any questions. You may call 24 hours a day, seven days a week for support and assistance when you need it.
Call: pager (423) 854-0342 - 24 hours a day

"With purity and holiness will I watch closely my life and my art," Oath of Hippocratae

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