ABIM Foundation Announces Best Articles in Medical Professionalism: Inaugural Award Recognizes Outstanding Contributions to the Field
July 26, 2011 (PRLEAP.COM) Health NewsPhiladelphia, PA - Three articles showcasing the role of medical professionalism in improving health care have been named the winners of the ABIM Foundation Professionalism Article Prize. These articles examine core issues highlighted in Medical Professionalism in the New Millennium: A Physician Charter. Authored in 2002 in partnership with the ABIM Foundation, the American College of Physicians Foundation and the European Federation of Internal Medicine, the Physician Charter presents a modern definition of medical professionalism. The fundamental principles of medical professionalism include the primacy of patient welfare, patient autonomy and social justice.
The Physician Charter also articulates professional commitments of physicians and health care professionals, including improving access to high quality health care, advocating for a just and cost-effective distribution of finite resources, and maintaining trust by managing conflicts of interest. In the time since the Physician Charter was released, the number of journal articles published on medical professionalism has tripled.
The articles recognized with the Professionalism Article Prize advance issues central to the Physician Charter – including the role of practicing physicians in controlling rising health care costs; the need to reform medical education and training to prepare future generations of physicians to practice under increasing resource constraints; and the responsibility physicians must take to report impaired and incompetent colleagues.
The winners of the inaugural ABIM Foundation Professionalism Article Prize award are:
"The three articles recognized by the ABIM Foundation contribute to the growing literature on the importance of medical professionalism in improving health care quality," said Christine K. Cassel, MD, President and CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the ABIM Foundation. "We know that physicians want to live up to the ideas embodied in the physician charter, but often don't have the systems to support them doing so. These articles raise and begin to answer important questions about how we can address this challenge."
More than 100 articles were reviewed for the Professionalism Article Prize and organized into three categories: Commentary/Perspective, Medical Education and Training, and Professionalism in Practice. To be considered, the articles under consideration needed to be published in English-language, peer-reviewed journals between January, 1 2010 and December 31, 2010. A selection committee, made up of physicians and patients, reviewed the articles and judged them based on clarity of writing, thoroughness, methodology, and contributions to the field and society.
Members of the selection committee included:
Barry Egner, MD, FAACP, FAACH, Medical Director, Foundation for Medical Excellence
Rosemary Gibson, author, The Treatment Trap
Hayley Goldbach, medical student, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Frederic W. Hafferty, PhD, Professor of Medical Education, Mayo Clinic
Lorna Lynn, MD, Director, PIM Research, American Board of Internal Medicine
Walter McDonald, MD, FACP, Emeritus Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine
The creation of the Professionalism Article Prize continues the Foundation's long history in advancing professionalism. Since its publication, the Physician Charter has gone on to be endorsed by more than 130 organizations and cited in nearly 1,500 articles and books.
Winners of the Professionalism Article Prize will receive recognition on the ABIM Foundation's website and social media pages, an invitation to write a guest post on The Medical Professionalism Blog, and a Best Article in Professionalism web badge.
Commentary about the Professionalism Article Prize, including discussion of the winning articles, will be featured in posts on The Medical Professionalism Blog. Links to the winners' abstracts, along with a comprehensive medical professionalism bibliography, can also be found on the Foundation's website at www.abimfoundation.org.
The mission of the ABIM Foundation is to advance medical professionalism to improve the health care system. We achieve this by collaborating with physicians and physician leaders, medical trainees, health care delivery systems, payers, policy makers, consumer organizations and patients to foster a shared understanding of professionalism and how they can adopt the tenets of professionalism in practice. To learn more about the ABIM Foundation, visit www.abimfoundation.org, connect with us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.