Defining clinical excellence in adult infectious disease practice

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Open Forum Infectious Diseases
Clinical excellence should be recognized, particularly in the current climate that appropriately prioritizes relationship-centered care. In order to develop a recognition model, a definition of clinical excellence must be created and agreed upon. A paradigm recently suggested by C. Christmas describes clinical excellence through the following domains: diagnostic acumen, professionalism and humanism, communication and interpersonal skills, skillful negotiation of the healthcare system, knowledge, taking a scholarly approach to clinical practice, and having passion for clinical medicine. This work references examples of infectious disease (ID) clinical excellence across Christmas' domains and, in doing so, both examines how the definition of clinical excellence applies to ID practice and highlights the importance of ID physicians. Emphasizing such aspirational standards may not only inspire trainees and practicing physicians to pursue their own fulfilling clinical ID careers, it may also encourage health systems to fully value outstanding ID physicians who labor tirelessly to provide patients with exceptional care.
Chida NM, Ghanem KG, Auwaerter PG, Wright SM, Melia MT. Defining clinical excellence in adult infectious disease practice. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2016 Jun 16;3(3):ofw122. doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofw122. eCollection 2016.