Since 1999, the ABIM Foundation has worked toward its mission of advancing medical professionalism into clinical policy and practice. We view our work as an ongoing collaborative process, engaging the health care community—physicians and physician leaders, medical trainees, consumer organizations and patients, delivery system leaders, payers and policy makers—to build a shared understanding of professionalism and actively advance the tenets of professionalism in practice.


The Choosing Wisely® campaign continues to grow


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ABIM Foundation and Costs of Care Launch the Teaching Value and Choosing Wisely Competition

  • To help address gaps in medical education related to physician management of increasingly expensive health care resources, Costs of Care and the ABIM Foundation launch the Teaching Value and Choosing Wisely Competition to identify the most promising innovations and bright ideas that can be successfully implemented on a larger scale.

The 2012 Professionalism Article Prize Winners Are Announced

  • More than 100 articles are reviewed for the third annual Professionalism Article Prize contest and subsequently organized into three categories: Commentary/Perspective, Medical Education and Training, and Professionalism in Practice. The winning articles examine core issues highlighted in Medical Professionalism in the New Millennium: A Physician Charter.

Results from Foundation-Funded Research on Joy in Practice Released

  • Recognizing shortages in the primary care work force and burnout among those that stay in the field, research funded by the ABIM Foundation sought to identify practices that could increase physician's work-life satisfaction, attract future physicians to the field and improve the quality of patient care.
  • Academic Medicine published the results of this research in “In Search of Joy in Practice: A Report of 23 High-Functioning Primary Care Practices."

The 2013 ABIM Foundation Forum Purpose vs. Payment: Motivating Change in Health Care focuses on what motivates physicians and other health care team members to perform at their highest level, and how we can harness this motivation to support needed changes to the health care system.

  • The 2013 Forum explores what motivates physicians and teams of clinicians to engage and improve health care delivery to achieve the “Triple Aim” (higher quality of care, better population health and lower costs) – professional values, financial rewards or both.
  • A specific focus of the Forum examines the intrinsic and extrinsic rewards deployed by professional standard-setting organizations, physician organizations, health systems and patients/caregivers to motivate physicians and clinicians, and attempts to ascertain how such rewards support or inhibit professional values and behaviors.