Promising Practices

The ABIM Foundation undertook an exploratory, qualitative study to identify promising ways in which organizational leaders have advanced professionalism among practicing physicians. Foundation staff conducted screening interviews with 30 organizations and in-depth interviews with individuals from 10 organizations to identify promising strategies. Staff are currently developing Web profiles and a peer-reviewed journal article based on their findings.

Systems Model of Professionalism

Through interviews with physicians and hospital leaders in two major metropolitan areas, researchers at the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital identified the various factors and activities that can influence physicians’ adherence to the norms of professionalism. Mongan Institute staff are preparing a peer-reviewed journal article to share their findings.

International Comparisons

Survey of Professionalism in the U.K. and the U.S.

Researchers at the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital fielded a professionalism survey of physicians in England and compared the attitudes of physicians there to those in the United States. Findings from this study will be published in an upcoming issue of Quality & Safety in Healthcare.

Chinese-American Center on Medical Professionalism

This project is a joint effort between the Peking University Health Sciences Center and a consortium of American organizations, including the ABIM Foundation and the Institute on Medicine as a Profession. It designs and supports:

  • Research projects that explore the state of professionalism in China and policies that may enhance professional behavior;
  • An annual conference on professionalism that explores what the two countries can learn from each other; and
  • Educational initiatives that introduce medical students to the key concepts of professionalism.