Funding Opportunity: Apply for an ABIM Professionalism Challenge Grant

By Dona Cutsogeorge, staff author and web content writer at the MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation at Group Health Research Institute Did you enter the field of medicine out of a commitment to social justice? Have you worked on quality measures and improved the quality of care you provide? Have you improved access in your clinic? Funds are available this year to help you continue your good work. The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation is working with the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) to offer Professionalism Challenge Grants of $25,000 to practicing physicians. Awarded grants will fund four projects designed and led by physicians who have promising ideas for overcoming an obstacle that inhibits them from performing their work per the principles and professional commitments defined in the Physician Charter. This new grant program directly aligns with the Foundation’s mission to improve health care through the advancement of medical professionalism and CMSS’ two strategic priorities: performance improvement in practice and professionalism. The three Charter principles are primacy of patient welfare, patient autonomy, and social justice. The ten Charter professional commitments a set of responsibilities that inform how physicians can practice the fundamental principles, and include improving quality of care, access to care, and scientific knowledge. The Foundation and CMSS are open to a wide variety of projects, and hope that the funded projects will serve as prototypes for physicians facing similar challenges. The $25,000 grants will run for two years and be awarded to practicing physicians whose primary professional activity is providing patient care. The application deadline is January 19, 2016, at 5 p.m. EST. The ABIM expects to notify applicants by March 2016. Download the RFP to apply.

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