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The ABIM Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation established by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in 1999 to advance medical professionalism and physician leadership in quality assessment and improvement. Their mission is to ‘engage in an ongoing dialogue about medical professionalism by sharing tools and resources with others who are working to build an equitable, affordable and high quality health care system.’
The ABIM Foundation's work focuses on four main activities: exploring what it means for physicians to be professionals in the 21st century; stimulating physicians to become involved in quality assessment and improvement; bringing diverse groups of leaders together to enable dialogue and consensus; and promoting research of quality evaluation and improvement.
Led by a board of 13 trustees, the members include national leaders in quality assessment and improvement and medical education, as well as consumer advocates, policy makers, purchasers and physician leaders.
ABIM Foundation project initiatives include the Choosing Wisely educational campaign and The Physician Charter, a document authored in partnership with the American College of Physicians and the European Federation of Internal Medicine.
- "Medical Professionalism in the New Millennium: A Physician Charter", Annals of Internal Medicine 136 (3), February 5, 2002, retrieved 2013-03-02