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Category Archives: Medical Professionalism in Practice

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 [...]

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 [...]

An Unexpected Reaction to Choosing Wisely® List at #ASTRO2013

I had the honor of speaking at the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s (ASTRO) annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia on September 23. One of the goals of my session was to announce ASTRO’s Choosing Wisely list of five tests and procedures that patient and physicians should question. Actually, Michael Steinberg, MD, chair of the board [...]

Physician, Heal Thy Self

The third annual Professionalism Roundtable meeting, sponsored by the ABIM Foundation and the Mayo Clinic, focused on physician well-being and resiliency. Attendees included twenty-five leaders in the field of professionalism from 10 large health care systems. Mayo Clinic’s Tait Shanafelt, MD, presented some disturbing facts about physician burnout, physician dissatisfaction and its consequences for patients: [...]