Promoting Diagnostic Excellence Across the House of Medicine

Program Overview:

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation recently awarded a grant to CMSS to promote diagnostic excellence across the field of medicine. With this funding, CMSS will provide grant awards to CMSS members through an external review process. This grant program will fund a diverse array of projects to support the development and dissemination of resources and programs focused on diagnostic excellence, to improve the timeliness, accuracy, safety efficiency, patient-centeredness, and equity of diagnostic outcomes for patients in the United States. The awards include several projects that focus on three categories of conditions that are known to cause a disproportionate share of preventable harm from suboptimal diagnosis, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and infection. See the press release here.

Selection Process

These awards are the result of a competitive grant program administered by CMSS and funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in the amount of $1.26 million for medical specialty societies to support the development of resources and programs to promote the topic of diagnostic excellence for clinician audiences. The John A. Hartford Foundation, which promotes age-friendly care, is contributing half of the funding to support two of the selected awardee projects that focus on older adults. Proposals were reviewed by an external advisory committee comprised of a diverse group of national experts in diagnostic excellence and patient safety, clinician education, quality improvement and research.


From a field of 24 exceptional grant proposals submitted by member specialty societies, the following societies were selected as grant recipients.

  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) - Penicillin Allergy Testing Improving & Expanding Needed Treatment (PATIENT) Program
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) - Ophthalmology’s First Diagnostic Excellence Initiative
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) - Improving Diagnostic Excellence in Ambulatory Pediatrics: The Pediatric Quality Minute Series
  • American College of Physicians (ACP) - Promoting Health Equity Through Excellence in Diagnostic Decision Making
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS)* - Diagnostic Excellence of Dementia and Cognitive Impairment in the Surgical Setting
  • American Psychiatric Association (APA) - Promoting Diagnostic Excellence in Eating Disorders
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)* - Perioperative Diagnostic Excellence for the Older Adult: An Educational Initiative
  • American Thoracic Society (ATS) - Scaling Up the ICU-PAUSE for Diagnostic Excellence & Equity: A Cross-Societies Collaboration of Intensivists and Hospitalists to Improve Patient Safety at Transitions of Care
  • College of American Pathologists (CAP) - Towards a Patient-Centered Pathology Report: A Mixed-Methods Diagnostic Excellence Study
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) - Using Education and Technology for Accurate and Rapid Cycle Sepsis Diagnoses: Building an Equitable and Quality-Based Diagnostic Excellence Program
  • Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) - Crowdsourcing to Develop an Educational Intervention on the Diagnostic Process: Special Emphasis on Mitigating Racial Disparities in Diagnosis of Acute Coronary Syndrome

*Recipients of joint Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and The John A. Hartford Foundation awards

Program Contacts:

Sarah Imhoff, Senior Program Director,

Joan Williams, Project Administrator,