Across the Foundation’s priority areas, our grantees are working to improve the health of the public through innovative research and programs. The Foundation awards up to 40 grants on a rotating schedule each year.
Educating and Training to Professionalism Initiative
In 2010, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and the Institute on Medicine as a Profession (IMAP) jointly launched a pilot program to teach professionalism to the next generation of physicians and establish professionalism as a standard that can be instilled and cultivated through medical education.
Last year, five academic medical centers were awarded funds for a two-year period to design and implement innovative programs to teach professionalism to students and residents. Awardees include:
- Baylor College of Medicine
- State University of New York, Stony Brook
- University of California, Davis
- University of Massachusetts
- University of South Florida and Lehigh Valley Health Network (Pennsylvania)
IMAP garnered overwhelming interest in the program, receiving 70 applications for the five awards, many from leading academic medical schools. Now, IMAP will expand the initiative to fund the development of 15 new educational programs in professionalism over the next three years. Programs will establish new models and curriculums for professionalism education as well as faculty development programs. The emphasis of these programs will be on learning through the clinical experience, not classroom presentations—currently, a significant gap exists between the norms of professionalism as defined in formal lectures and the reality of experience in clinical settings. In addition, participants will be invited to attend an annual Macy-IMAP meeting on Educating to Professionalism.
Guided by lessons and successes from these programs, IMAP will develop a report on “best practices” to offer academic medical centers guidance on the process of implementing professionalism education.