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Author Archives: Amy Cunningham

Well-Being, Job Satisfaction and Professionalism

Some people feel dread as the work week looms. Others find it hard to engage in their daily tasks. Everyone suffers from work stress from time to time, but ongoing stress can erode well-being and lead to burnout. With physician burnout, there can be severe consequences for both physician well-being and patient care. Health care [...]

Pharmacists: A Key Part of the Health Care Team

As part of my Master of Public Health degree, I completed my master’s thesis at an HIV/AIDS clinic in Philadelphia where I evaluated a program that helped patients adhere to their antiretroviral medications. A key part of this program was the clinic’s pharmacist, who provided ongoing medication counseling. It was the first time that I [...]

Tackling Medical Professionalism in Football

The Super Bowl is upon is, and on Sunday much of the country will be busy watching the big game, eating 1.25 billion chicken wings, and of course critiquing the halftime show and commercials. While the Super Bowl is a great deal of fun, serious injuries can also occur. With that in mind, I wanted [...]

Choosing Wisely®: What Should the First Wedge Be?

At the 2011 ABIM Foundation Forum, Don Berwick gave a powerful talk on reducing waste in health care spending by targeting “wedges.” The wedges concept comes from environmental science research on reducing the trajectories of carbon dioxide levels over time. In their study, researchers concluded that there is no one magic solution–the problem must be [...]

Medical Professionalism Literature: Reflections on 2013 and a Wish List for 2014

The start of a new year marks the kickoff of the ABIM Foundation’s annual Professionalism Article Prize selection process.  As the staff person in charge of compiling the previous year’s professionalism articles, this project gives me an opportunity to see the depth and breadth of the professionalism literature. We are in our fourth year of [...]

Advanced Primary Care Practice: Payment in Service of Professionalism

“There are many mechanisms for paying physicians; some are good and some are bad. The three worst are fee-for-service, capitation, and salary.” I first heard the above quote (attributed to health services researcher James Robinson) several years ago at a Foundation meeting on payment reform. While meant to be humorous, I often think of this [...]

Exemplifying Conflict of Interest Disclosure in MedEd

After graduating from college, I spent a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer at a Philadelphia-area clinic. Living on an AmeriCorps stipend is challenging, so I looked forward to the days when drug reps came to the office bearing pizza or sandwiches. I rationalized taking the lunches and occasional pens and sticky notes. Money was tight [...]

Recommended Reading: November 30-December 6

I am going to confess something that may make me a pariah in the land of Eagles madness, not to mention among all of the fantasy football enthusiasts in our office. I don’t like football. Call me uptight, but it’s hard for me to kick back and enjoy a sport that causes significant brain damage [...]

Recommended Reading: November 16-22

In their recent Academic Medicine article, “Developing Physicians as Catalysts for Change,” the authors argue that medical schools’ emphasis on hierarchy and autonomy, as well as our fragmented health care system, contribute to physician burnout. To address these challenges, they argue that medical students should receive leadership training to empower them to act as catalysts [...]

Recommended Reading: November 9-15

For some time, the ABIM Foundation has featured a weekly Recommended Reading post containing brief descriptions of several recent articles on medical professionalism. We wanted to change the format of this weekly post to focus on a single recent article and discuss its significance in the field of medical professionalism. As we go forward, we [...]