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March 7, 2011

Continuing Medical Education and Lifelong Learning in the Archives

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: The University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle (Dr Rivara); and Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Unit, Division of General Pediatrics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Dr Davis).

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011;165(3):277. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2011.14

The Charter on Medical Professionalism is a set of principles to which all physicians should adhere and aspire.1 A key component of professional responsibilities is practicing medicine that is up to date and evidence based. This is the essence of the commitment to professional competence and to scientific knowledge. It is also speaks to several components of quality of care as defined by the Institute of Medicine: care should be effective, efficient, patient centered, and equitable.2