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Category Archives: Medical Education & Training

Teaching Professionalism: What are the Best Ways of Understanding Medical Professionalism?

I am pleased to announce the publication of a new textbook sponsored by the ABIM Foundation entitled Understanding Professionalism, written by Shiphra Ginsberg, MD, Fred Hafferty, PhD, Foundation trustee Wendy Levinson, MD, and former trustee Catherine Lucey, MD. While the book’s subject matter is not new to medical education curricula, the way it presents professionalism [...]

The Necessity of Stewardship

This post was written by Dr. John Benson, Jr., President Emeritus, American Board of Internal Medicine and ABIM Foundation. The prospect of health care consuming 20% of the GDP by 2020 is unconscionable so corrective actions have enormous urgency.  There are some initiatives underway that address this issue and still others that need to happen [...]

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 [...]

A Defining Moment in Medical Education Promotion

I left this year’s Association of American Medical College’s (AAMC) annual meeting, inspired by AAMC President and CEO Darrell Kirch’s speech about “defining moments” in medical education and training. As I exited the Philadelphia Convention Center, I was approached by a medical student passing out 3×4 cards that said: Meet a Philadelphia Eagles Player Visit [...]

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: September 21-27

Catch up on the latest research on professionalism training and feedback in medical education and training in this week’s Recommended Reading: In “They liked it if you said you cried”: how medical students perceive the teaching of professionalism,” focus groups of Australian medical students revealed that they found their professionalism curriculum overly didactic and narrow, [...]

The Tremendous Value of the Teaching Value Project

2011 ABIM Foundation Putting the Charter into Practice grantee, Costs of Care, recently released the Teaching Value Project, a series of educational video modules that spotlights ten reasons why clinicians commonly overuse medical tests and treatments. The videos are directed at residents and medical students, though I imagine some faculty could benefit from seeing them. [...]

Medical Educators Need to Take Charge and Help Deflate Medical Bills

At a time when one in three Americans report difficulty paying medical bills, up to $750 billion is being spent on care that does not help patients become healthier. Although physicians are routinely required to manage expensive resources, traditional medical training offers few opportunities to learn how to deliver the highest quality care at the [...]

Recommended Reading: March 30 – April 5

Catch up on the latest literature on professionalism in medical education in this week’s Recommended Reading: The authors of “e-Professionalism: A New Frontier in Medical Education” discuss the challenges posed by e-professionalism, which they define as “attitudes and behaviors that reflect traditional professionalism paradigms but are manifested through digital media.” The study “Narrative medicine as [...]

Recommended Reading: February 2 – 8

Learn about efforts to incorporate cost-consciousness into medical education and training in the latest Recommended Reading: In “The Value in the Evidence: Teaching Residents to ‘Choose Wisely.’” Christopher Moriates and colleagues describe a curriculum created by University of California, San Francisco residents  to cultivate cost-consciousness and wise use of medical resources.  Putting the Charter into [...]