Sunday, January 16, 2011

Grants for Health Organizations, Systems, Education Programs, or Private Practices Advancing the Medical Profession

From The Foundation Center...

[For more information on this grant opportunity, click "Link to Complete RFP" at the end of this blog post].

Deadline: March 31, 2011

American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation and Council of Medical Specialty Societies Offer Grants to Advance Medical Professionalism

The American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation (ABIMF) has partnered with the Council of Medical Specialty Societies for the Putting the Charter into Practice grant program to provide financial support to professional medical organizations, health systems/hospitals, academic medical centers and medical practices, and other organizations as they work to advance medical professionalism.

Specifically, the grant program will facilitate the development of innovative, emerging strategies to advance appropriate health care decision-making and stewardship of health care resources, one of the commitments of the Physician Charter, which states: "While meeting the needs of individual patients, physicians are required to provide health care that is based on the wise and cost-effective management of limited clinical resources."

Potential projects to advance physician stewardship might include but are not limited to educational programs that sensitize physicians to resource management; development of communication competencies around shared decision-making and other methods to improve and support optimal health care decision-making; development of guidelines for high-value, effective care; dissemination of guidelines and recommendation to practicing physicians; and initiatives to reduce overuse of certain tests and procedures. These represent only a few examples of potential projects, and applicants are encouraged to think broadly and creatively on the topic of appropriate health care decision-making.

Applicants from health systems/hospitals, academic medical centers, medical groups, and professional medical organizations who are interested in advancing physicians' stewardship of resources are encouraged to apply. Medical school and residency programs may also apply as long as their proposed initiatives include both students/residents and faculty as co-participants and learners.

The ABIM Foundation will award up to five grants of $20,000 each in 2011.  Visit the ABIM Foundation Web site, or the link "Link to Complete RFP", below, for complete program guidelines and application procedures.

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