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Reflections on the ABIM Foundation Professionalism Article Prize
This year, the ABIM Foundation awarded the second annual Professionalism Article Prizes. Throughout 2011, Foundation staff tracked the medical professionalism literature, which was comprised of over 100 articles. We appreciate the work of the winning authors, along with all the authors who published articles on professionalism this year. The Professionalism Article Prize provides needed recognition of important contributions to the medical professionalism literature.
After an initial review by ABIM Foundation staff, an esteemed selection committee—whose members included a consumer representative, a medical student and several physicians— awarded prizes to three journal articles in the categories of Commentary/Perspective, Medical Education and Training and Professionalism in Practice.
Congratulations to our winners!
- The Commentary/Perspective prize was awarded to “The Role of Physicians in Controlling Medical Care Costs and Reducing Waste,” by Robert H. Brook, MD, ScD, published in JAMA. One reviewer called the piece, “Well written, creative and powerful.” This is the second consecutive year that Dr. Brook was awarded this prize.
- In the category of Medical Education and Training, the prize was awarded to “Professionalism, the Invisible Hand, and a Necessary Reconfiguration of Medical Education,” by Frederic W. Hafferty, PhD, Michael Brennan, MD, and Wojciech Pawlina, MD, published in Academic Medicine. Selection committee members cited the excellent writing and novel, important ideas in this piece.
- In the category of Professionalism in Practice, the prize was awarded to “Bending the Cost Curve in Cancer Care,” by Thomas J. Smith, MD and Bruce E. Hillner, MD, published in the New England Journal of Medicine. This article was a response to Howard Brody’s challenge for medical societies to develop “Top Five” lists of commonly ordered tests and procedures that might be overused. “This is an article that is a ‘profile in courage,’” said one selection committee member.
We welcome your reactions to the Professionalism Article Prize. Please share your thoughts—including your favorite professionalism articles from 2011— in the comments section.
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