Closed-Book Exams in the Age of “Just Look It Up” Medicine

By on August 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

This post was written by Assessment 2020 task force member Steven Durning.

The field of medicine continues to grow at an extraordinary pace. Every year brings new advances in clinical care and best practices, and research shows physicians cannot possibly keep up [1].

Of course, today’s physicians have more resources than ever in the exam room to [...]

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How does technology affect patient care?

By on August 18, 2014 | 3 Comments

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Poll: Diagnostic Accuracy – Computers vs. Physicians

By on June 23, 2014 | 7 Comments

Will computers eventually replace physicians as diagnosticians? Take the poll.

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The Necessity of Stewardship

By on May 22, 2014 | 8 Comments

This post was written by Dr. John Benson, Jr., President Emeritus, American Board of Internal Medicine and ABIM Foundation, and first appeared on The Medical Professionalism Blog.

The prospect of health care consuming 20% of the GDP by 2020 is unconscionable so corrective actions have enormous urgency.  There are some initiatives underway that address this issue and [...]

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How can physicians help make American health care more patient-centered?

By on April 28, 2014 | 21 Comments

The following post was written by Assessment 2020 task force member Marilyn Mann.

In its 2001 report, Crossing the Quality Chasm, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) defined patient-centeredness as “providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values, and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions.”1 The IOM proposed [...]

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Performing Common Ambulatory Procedures; Is It Time to Reverse the Downward Trend?

By on March 20, 2014 | 4 Comments

The following post was written by Assessment 2020 Task Force ex-officio observer, Patrick Alguire, MD.

Many patients, especially those in primary care ambulatory settings, expect their personal physician to perform certain “minor” but needed procedures. Patients benefit from the continuity, convenience and (in certain situations) decreased cost when their personal physician performs a procedure. Yet, many [...]

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If everyone agrees teamwork is crucial to providing quality patient care, why is it so hard to achieve?

By on February 27, 2014 | 4 Comments

The following post was written by Benjamin Chesluk, PhD, Clinical Research Associate, ABIM.

Teamwork matters to good health care. When physicians and other care providers communicate well and collaborate, it makes the care patients receive better and safer, and it can make clinicians happier and more fulfilled by their work.[1]

Everyone recognizes this, and has for decades [...]

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If quality care begins with a correct diagnosis, why is the diagnostic error rate so high (at least 10-15%)?

By on February 12, 2014 | 4 Comments

The following post was written by Assessment 2020 Task Force member, Robert Wachter, MD.

There is a saying in the quality world that one should try to avoid creating situations in which clinicians are hitting the target but missing the point. The quality and safety movements of the last decade illustrate this danger. Namely, there are [...]

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Assessment 2020: What skills will physicians need in the future?

By on December 17, 2013 | 25 Comments

Help us find out what it means to be a good doctor in the 21st century and how we can best evaluate whether doctors are meeting those standards. We want to hear from you.

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