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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 [...]

Social Justice and Choosing Wisely®: Radical Idea or Basic Tenet?

This past April, the Choosing Wisely campaign celebrated its second anniversary. As is the case with the passing of any milestone, I have been reflecting on what the campaign has achieved and what we have yet to accomplish. It also made me take stock of the environment in which we incubated this concept and launched [...]

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 [...]

Impressions on Choosing Wisely®’s Global Expansion

As noted in a previous blog post, Choosing Wisely is gaining traction abroad. Global initiatives include Choosing Wisely Canada, Choosing Wisely Netherlands and “Slow Medicine” in Italy.  I am fascinated by the different ways other countries are promoting the campaign to physicians and patients, and leveraging it to tackle issues prevalent in their particular health systems.

Malpractice and Choosing Wisely®: Lessons From My Hometown

I recently spoke to several health system/hospital quality experts and physician groups in Upstate New York about the Choosing Wisely campaign. I was looking forward to speaking about the campaign to a hometown crowd (I was born and raised in Syracuse) and an audience that included my former next-door neighbor, the regional president of Excellus. [...]

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 [...]

Choosing Wisely® Spreads to Training: An Exciting Development at Johns Hopkins Hospital

It’s incredible to see Choosing Wisely spread throughout delivery systems, local communities and internationally. To see it grow in residency programs gives me particular joy knowing that the next generation of physicians will have competencies in stewardship and systems-based practice that surpass the current physician workforce.

Choosing Wisely® Videos are Worth a Thousand Words

The essence of the Choosing Wisely campaign has been captured in four short yet inspiring videos that are now available on the Choosing Wisely website. The videos provide another vehicle to express the tenets of the Choosing Wisely campaign. In them, 18 leaders in health care—all with diverse roles—articulate ways in which the campaign remains [...]

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 [...]

Choosing Wisely® Abroad

I couldn’t be more pleased that the Choosing Wisely campaign is finding its way across international borders. Choosing Wisely Canada will be operational this fall under the umbrella of the Canadian Medical Association and guided by the University of Toronto. At least eight Canadian specialty societies will release lists of five tests and procedures to [...]