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Category Archives: Recommended Reading

2013 Professionalism Article Prize Winners

Since the ABIM Foundation created the Professionalism Article Prize in 2011, I have been amazed by the thoughtfulness that goes into selecting the winners. After a review of a year’s worth of literature by Foundation staff, a select committee narrows down more than a hundred articles on various aspects of professionalism to the three they [...]

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

Recommended Reading: October 26-November 1

Explore the latest articles on appropriate use of medical tests and procedures in this week’s Recommended Reading: A study published in NEJM examines urologists’ referral practices for intensity-modulated radiation therapy—a radiation treatment with a high reimbursement rate—for prostate cancer treatment. The author found that “Allowing urologists to self-refer for IMRT may contribute to increased use [...]

Recommended Reading: October 19-25

Many factors can influence the professionalism of medical students and residents, from the cultures of their training institutions to their use of social media. Learn more in this week’s Recommended Reading: The authors of a JAMA commentary argue that academic medical centers must shift toward a culture of providing high-value care. ABIM Foundation trustee, Wendy [...]

Recommended Reading: October 12-18

Choosing Wisely® continues to spur conversations in the popular press and academic publications about stewardship of health care resources. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released its report Physician Network on Health Care Costs: Consensus Themes and Recommendations, which summarizes interviews with 18 physician leaders on ways to curb health care costs in the United States. [...]

Recommended Reading: October 5-11

Articles on professionalism, the Choosing Wisely® campaign and conflict of interest round out this week’s Recommended Reading installment: The author of Professionalism and Caring for Medicaid Patients — The 5% Commitment? urges physicians to commit to making Medicaid recipients comprise at least five percent of their patients, stating that, “It is a core professional principle [...]

Recommended Reading: September 28-October 4

Catch up on noteworthy articles on conflicts of interest, unprofessional behavior and stewardship of resources in this week’s Recommended Reading: A medical student discusses the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s approach to managing faculty-industry relationships and how disclosure of these relationships to medical students would model professionalism. Authors from Case Western Reserve University School [...]

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, [...]