John A. Benson Jr., MD Professionalism Article Prize

John A. Benson Jr., MD Professionalism Article Prize

The ABIM Foundation created the Professionalism Article Prize in 2011 to recognize outstanding contributions to the growing body of peer-reviewed journal articles that document the impact of medical professionalism on improving health care.

Since its creation, the Foundation has reviewed more than 850 articles and honored 54 with the John A. Benson Jr., MD Professionalism Article Prize.

In 2015 the award was renamed in honor of American Board of Internal Medicine and ABIM Foundation President Emeritus John A. Benson Jr., MD, who taught medical students at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, where he also served at the Center for Ethics in Health Care. Dr. Benson has received several honors, including the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Abraham Flexner Award for impacting medical education on a national scale and the American College of Physicians’ John Phillips Memorial Award for outstanding work in clinical medicine. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and has also written extensively about professionalism and medical education.

The Selection Process

To be eligible, articles must have been published in English-language, peer-reviewed journals between January 1 and December 31. Foundation staff review and select relevant articles throughout the year. Once a pool of articles has been selected, they are submitted to a selection committee comprised of experts in the field, who then rate each article on:

  • Clarity of writing
  • Thoroughness
  • Methodology
  • Contributions to the field and society

Articles written by American Board of Internal Medicine or ABIM Foundation Board members or staff are not eligible.