2010 ABIM Foundation Forum: Transforming Medical Education and Training: Meeting the Needs of Patients and Society

The 2010 ABIM Foundation Forum was dedicated to developing a social compact for medical education and clinical training that is needed to maintain a high-performing, evolving health care system. Participants--leaders from academic medicine, medical students and residents, patients and consumers, nurses, purchasers and policymakers--worked toward a shared understanding of the reciprocal obligations between the public and the institutions that support, conduct and oversee medical education and training. Participants also heard from a group of innovators in medical education and training and discussed barriers to the spread of innovations.

Forum publications included a draft social compact and the 2010 ABIM Foundation Forum Summary. As noted in the summary, Forum participants have initiated a number of follow-up activities in the areas of:

  • Learning and assessing competencies for 21st-century practice;
  • Transforming primary care;
  • Redistribution of GME funds to drive performance and innovation; and
  • Promotion of inter-professional education, evaluation, assessment and accreditation.