CANCELLED: Training for Accountable Professionalism
Christine K. Cassel, MD, President and CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the ABIM Foundation, is a leading expert in geriatric medicine, medical ethics and quality of care. Dr. Cassel will be stepping down at her position at ABIM to become President and CEO of the National Quality Forum in July 2013.
Dr. Cassel is one of 20 scientists chosen by President Obama to serve on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), which advises the President in areas where an understanding of science, technology, and innovation is key to forming responsible and effective policy. She is the co-chair and physician leader of PCAST working groups that have made recommendations to the President on issues relating to health information technology and ways to promote scientific innovation in drug development and evaluation.
In addition to having chaired influential Institute of Medicine (IOM) reports on end-of-life care and public health, she served on the IOM’s Comparative Effective Research Committee mandated by Congress to set priorities for the national CER effort (PCORI). Modern Healthcare has recognized Dr. Cassel among the 100 most influential people in health care, and among the 50 most influential physicians. An active scholar and lecturer, she is the author or co-author of 14 books and more than 200 journal articles on geriatric medicine, aging, bioethics and health policy. She edited four editions of Geriatric Medicine, a leading textbook in the field. Her most recent book is Medicare Matters: What Geriatric Medicine Can Teach American Health Care. Read more >>
About This Session
There is little doubt that the U.S. health care system in undergoing major change, which will continue in the years ahead. These changes are in response to the excessive cost of care combined with rigorous and reliable data confirming lamentable gaps in quality, safety, equity, and efficacy. While there are many ideas about approaches to change, none of them can succeed without the active engagement of physicians. The roles and expectations of physicians are becoming more complex as the context for care changes. We need to train physicians to become partners and leaders in advancing positive directions to improve care and reduce waste. The tenets of the Physician Charter on Professionalism provide a framework for thinking about physicians’ roles. Two examples of the profession of medicine acting in the public interest towards these accountability goals are Specialty Board Certification and the Choosing Wisely Campaign. Specialty Board Certification is “of the profession, but for the public” in a way that meaningful standards of competence are publicly reported by a private sector entity to be available for use by consumers, health care systems and payers. Choosing Wisely is a collaboration of specialty societies and consumer groups to identify overused medical services in an effort to reduce waste and harm. Both these efforts demonstrate constructive ways that professionally based organizations can contribute to the improvement of care.
Continuing Medical Education
The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Other health care professionals are awarded 0.10 continuing education units (CEUs) which are equal to 1.0 contact hours.
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