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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 Choosing Wisely® in Medical Education and Training: The Story of a Pioneer

Steve Weinberger, MD, Executive Vice President of the American College of Physicians (ACP), has called for stewardship of resources to be considered a seventh competency of Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) because of its importance to quality, safety and affordability. While the widespread participation in [...]

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: 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: 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. [...]

Recommended Reading: May 11—17

Get caught up on the latest articles on professionalism in this week’s Recommended Reading: The author of a new JAMA Internal Medicine commentary discusses how physician specialty societies are dealing with costs. He notes that addressing cost is part of the Physician Charter, which calls on physicians to “be committed to working with other physicians, [...]