John A. Fromson is associate director of postgraduate medical education at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also the editor of Career Resources for Physicians on the NEJM CareerCenter. Doctor Fromson’s primary clinical and research activities have centered on issues relating to physician and medical student health, professional development, and patient safety. He was the founding director, served as president, and is currently on the board of Physician Health Services, the primary program in Massachusetts that has become a national model in the prevention, identification, referral to treatment, and monitoring of physicians and medical students with substance use disorders, mental health issues, and physical illness. He is chair of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry’s Committee on Physician Health, past chair of the American Psychiatric Association’s Committee on Physician Health, Illness and Impairment, and past president of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs. In 2010 he was elected Class A (nonalcoholic) Trustee of the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous, Inc. (AA).
Doctor Fromson is also the immediate past president of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors. Initiated in 1997 as one of the first coalitions of its kind in the country, it is a statewide collaborative effort to improve patient safety and minimize medical errors. He chaired its Restraint Consensus Group that developed the first statewide best practices for creating restraint-free environments in hospitals, long term care, and psychiatric facilities. He is a member of the board of the Massachusetts Peer Review Organization (Masspro) and also serves on the board of Medically Induced Trauma Support Services (MITSS) that provides services to patients, families, and clinicians affected by medically induced trauma.
He is a trained facilitator of the Stanford Faculty Development Center’s End-of-Life Care Program and served on the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts End-of-Life Commission and on the board of the Massachusetts Compassionate Care Coalition.
For his work in the areas of patient safety and physician and medical student health, Doctor Fromson is the recipient of the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society’s 2008 Outstanding Psychiatrist Award for Advancement of the Profession. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in psychiatry, child psychiatry, and has added qualifications in addiction psychiatry. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Doctor Fromson is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and received the Harvard Medical School Excellence in Tutoring Award for the academic year 2007 and 2010.