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A Physician Charter: The 10th Anniversary

Christine K. Cassel, MD; Virginia Hood, MBBS, MPH; and Werner Bauer, MD
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From the American Board of Internal Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont; and Swiss Institute of Medical Education, Bern, Switzerland.

Acknowledgment: The authors thank Steven Weinberger, MD, and Timothy Lynch, JD, for their assistance in writing this article.

Potential Conflicts of Interest: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M12-0157.

Requests for Single Reprints: Christine K. Cassel, MD, American Board of Internal Medicine, 510 Walnut Street, Suite 1700, Philadelphia, PA 19106; e-mail, ccassel@abim.org.

Current Author Addresses: Dr. Cassel: American Board of Internal Medicine, 510 Walnut Street, Suite 1700, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

Ms. Hood: University of Vermont, Fletcher Allen Health Care, 1 South Prospect Street, Burlington, VT 05401.

Dr. Bauer: Kohlrainstrasse 1, CH-8700 Küsnacht, Switzerland.

Author Contributions: Conception and design: C.K. Cassel, W. Bauer.

Drafting of the article: C.K. Cassel.

Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: V. Hood, W. Bauer.

Final approval of the article: V. Hood, W. Bauer.

Ann Intern Med. 2012;157(4):290-291. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-157-4-201208210-00012
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The ABIM Foundation, ACP Foundation, and European Federation of Internal Medicine aimed to promote contemporary principles of medical professionalism released when they published Medical Professionalism in the New Millennium: A Physician Charter in February 2002. This commentary takes stock of the Charter's accomplishments 10 years later and evaluates where challenges persist.

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