John A. Benson Jr. 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.

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.

Since its creation, the Foundation has reviewed more than 500 articles and honored 15 with the John A. Benson Jr., MD Professionalism Article Prize.

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, or resulting from projects funded by the ABIM Foundation, are not eligible.

 

2015 Winners

Time to Loosen the Apron Strings: Cohort-based Evaluation of a Learner-driven Remediation Model at One Medical School” by S. Beth Bierer, PhD; Elaine F. Dannefer, PhD; and John E. Tetzlaff, MD, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine

Physician Satisfaction and Physician Well-Being: Should Anyone Care” by Lawrence P. Casalino, MD, PhD; and Francis J. Crosson, MD, published in Professions & Professionalism

How Do Medical Schools Identify and Remediate Professionalism Lapses in Medical Students? A Study of U.S. and Canadian Medical Schools” by Deborah Ziring, MD; Deborah Danoff, MD; Suely Grosseman, MD, PhD; Debra Langer, MPA; Amanda Esposito, MS; Mian Kouresch Jan, MD; Steven Rosenzweig, MD; and Dennis Novack, MD, published in Academic Medicine

2015 Selection Committee Members

  • Louise Arnold, PhD, Professor Emerita, Office of Medical Education, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
  • Richard Frankel, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Rosemary Gibson, author, “Medicare Meltdown”
  • John A. Benson Jr., MD, President Emeritus, American Board of Internal Medicine and ABIM Foundation
  • Lorna Lynn, MD, Vice President, Medical Education Research, American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Walter McDonald, MD, Emeritus Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine
  • Hayley Goldbach, MD, Intern, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Daniel Wolfson, MHSA, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, ABIM Foundation

 

2014 Winners

Intervention to Promote Physician Well-being, Job Satisfaction, and Professionalism: A Randomized Clinical Trial” by Colin P. West, MD, PhD; Liselotte N. Dyrbye, MD, MHPE; Jeff T. Rabatin, MD, MSc; Tim G. Call, MD; John H. Davidson, MD; Adamarie Multari, MD; Susan A. Romanski, MD; Joan M. Henriksen Hellyer, RN, PhD; Jeff A. Sloan, PhD; and Tait D. Shanafelt, MD, published in JAMA Internal Medicine

Hospital Relationships With Direct-to-Consumer Screening Companies” by Erik A. Wallace, MD; John H. Schumann, MD; and Steven E. Weinberger, MD, published in JAMA

Instituting a Culture of Professionalism: The Establishment of a Center for Professionalism and Peer Support” by Jo Shapiro, MD, FACS; Anthony Whittemore, MD, FACS; and Lawrence C. Tsen, MD, published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety

2014 Selection Committee Members

  • Louise Arnold, PhD, Professor Emerita, Office of Medical Education, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
  • Barry Egener, MD, Medical Director, The Foundation for Medical Excellence
  • Rosemary Gibson, author, “Medicare Meltdown”
  • Wendy Levinson, MD, Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Lorna Lynn, MD, Director, Practice Assessment, American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Walter McDonald, MD, MACP, Emeritus Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine
  • Brian Powers, Medical Student, Harvard Medical School
  • Daniel Wolfson, MHSA, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, ABIM Foundation

 

2013 Winners

A Humble Task: Restoring Virtue in an Age of Conflicted Interests” by James M. DuBois, PhD, DSc; Elena M. Kraus, PhD; Anthony A. Mikulec, MD, MBA; Salvador Cruz-Flores, MD, MPH; and Erin Bakanas, MD, MA, published in Academic Medicine

An Intervention Model That Promotes Accountability: Peer Messengers and Patient/Family Complaints” (pdf) by James W. Pichert, PhD; Ilene N. Moore, MD, JD; Jan Karrass, MBA, PhD; Jeffrey S. Jay, JD; Margaret W. Westlake, MLS; Thomas F. Catron, PhD; Gerald B. Hickson, MD, published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety

Views of US Physicians About Controlling Health Care Costs” by Jon C. Tilburt, MD, MPH; Matthew K. Wynia, MD, MPH; Robert D. Sheeler, MD; Bjorg Thorsteinsdottir, MD; Katherine M. James, MPH; Jason S. Egginton, MPH; Mark Liebow, MD, MPH; Samia Hurst, MD; Marion Danis, MD, MPH; Susan Dorr Goold, MD, MHSA, MA, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association

2013 Selection Committee Members

  • Louise Arnold, PhD, Professor Emerita, Office of Medical Education, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
  • Barry Egener, MD, Medical Director, The Foundation for Medical Excellence
  • Rosemary Gibson, author, “Medicare Meltdown”
  • Hayley Goldbach, medical student, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Catherine Lucey, MD, Vice Dean of Education, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
  • Lorna Lynn, MD, Director, Practice Assessment, American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Walter McDonald, MD, FACP, Emeritus Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine
  • Daniel Wolfson, MHSA, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, ABIM Foundation

 

2012 Winners

Commentary/Perspective: “Perspective: The Negativity Bias, Medical Education, and the Culture of Academic Medicine: Why Culture Change Is Hard,” by Julie Haizlip, MD, Natalie May, PhD, John Schorling, MD, Anne Williams, MA, and Margaret Plews-Ogan, MD, MS, published in Academic Medicine

Medical Education and Training: “A Multi-Institutional Study Exploring the Impact of Positive Mental Health on Medical Students’ Professionalism in an Era of High Burnout,” by Liselotte N. Dyrbye, MD, William Harper, MD, Christine Moutier, MD, Steven J. Durning, MD, David V. Power, MD, F. Stanford Massie, MD, Anne Eacker, MD, Matthew R. Thomas, MD, Daniel Satele, Jeff A. Sloan, PhD, and Tait D. Shanafelt, MD, published in Academic Medicine

Professionalism in Practice: “Overuse of Health Care Services in the United States: An Understudied Problem,” by Deborah Korenstein, MD, Raphael Falk, MD, MPH, Elizabeth A. Howell, MD, MPP, Tara Bishop, MD, MPH, and Salomeh Keyhani, MD, published in Archives of Internal Medicine

2012 Selection Committee Members

  • Louise Arnold, PhD, Professor Emerita, Office of Medical Education, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
  • Rosemary Gibson, author, “Medicare Meltdown”
  • Hayley Goldbach, medical student, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Fred Hafferty, PhD, Professor of Medical Education, Program in Professionalism & Ethics, Mayo Clinic
  • Lorna Lynn, MD, Director, Practice Assessment, American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Walter McDonald, MD, FACP, Emeritus Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine
  • David Stern, MD, PhD, Department of Medicine, Chairman’s Office, NYU School of Medicine
  • Daniel Wolfson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, ABIM Foundation

 

2011 Winners

Commentary/Perspective“The Role of Physicians in Controlling Medical Care Costs and Reducing Waste,” by Robert H. Brook, MD, ScD, published in JAMA

Medical Education and Training“Professionalism, the Invisible Hand, and a Necessary Reconfiguration of Medical Education,” by Frederic W. Hafferty, PhD, Michael Brennan, MD, and Wojciech Pawlina, MD, published in Academic Medicine

Professionalism in Practice“Bending the Cost Curve in Cancer Care,” by Thomas J. Smith, MD and Bruce E. Hillner, MD, published in the New England Journal of Medicine

2011 Selection Committee Members

  • Barry Egener, MD, FAACP, FAACH, Medical Director, Foundation for Medical Excellence
  • Rosemary Gibson, author, “The Treatment Trap”
  • Hayley Goldbach, medical student, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Lorna Lynn, MD, Director, PIM Research, American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Walter McDonald, MD, FACP, Emeritus Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine
  • David Stern, MD, PhD, Vice Chair for Professionalism, Department of Medicine Mount Sinai Medical School
  • Daniel Wolfson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, ABIM Foundation

 

2010 Winners

Commentary/Perspective:What If Physicians Actually Had to Control Medical Costs?” by Robert H. Brook, MD, ScD

Medical Education and Training:Cost Consciousness in Patient Care—What is Medical Education’s Responsibility?” by Molly Cooke, MD

Professionalism in Practice:Physicians’ Perceptions, Preparedness for Reporting, and Experiences Related to Impaired and Incompetent Colleagues” by Catherine M. DesRoches, DrPH; Sowmya R. Rao, PhD; John A. Fromson, MD; Robert J. Birnbaum, MD, PhD; Lisa Iezzoni, MD, MSc; Christine Vogelli, PhD; and Eric G. Campbell, PhD

2010 Selection Committee Members

  • Barry Egner, MD, Medical Director, Foundation for Medical Excellence
  • Rosemary Gibson, MSc, author, “The Treatment Trap”
  • Hayley Goldbach, medical student, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Frederic Hafferty, PhD, Professor of Medical Education, Mayo Clinic
  • Lorna Lynn, MD, Director, PIM Research, American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Walter McDonald, MD, Emeritus Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, American College of Physicians