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Category Archives: Medical Professionalism in Practice

2014 ABIM Foundation Forum: Rebooting the System for Service and Satisfaction #ABIMF2014

From August 3-5, over 150 national leaders representing consumer groups, physician organizations, medical students and residents, policymakers, accreditors, certifying boards, journal editors, researchers, health plans and employers will discuss the positive and negative consequences of technological innovations in medicine and associated regulations on patient care and the effect on physician well-being. Individuals with acute or [...]

Hold on to Your Heart

The following is a commencement speech given at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School’s 2014 graduation ceremony. Your institution has ceded to me the last 15 minutes of your medical school instruction – how should I use it? One more time through the complement cascade? Or, as Dr. Seldin might have it, a final [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Influence of Ownership on Human Behavior: “Feeding the Beast”

In his post “Unnecessary EKGs – the Heart of the Matter” (09.20.11), Dr. Stephen Smith wrote how owning a new EKG machine in his practice subconsciously motivated him to order more tests so he could justify the investment to his partner. He reaped no financial benefit from ordering more tests as he was paid on [...]