Welcome to CMAP

The Center on Medicine as a Profession (CMAP) aims to set forth a vision for medical professionalism in the 21st century and to promote that vision through research and policy initiatives. The Center seeks to shape a world inside and outside of medicine that is responsive to the ideals of professionalism. CMAP conducts research on the past, present, and future roles of professionalism in guiding individual behavior and collective action so that professionalism will be relevant to physicians, leaders of medical organizations, policy analysts, public officials, and consumers.

CMAP was established in October 2003 at the Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons through a joint agreement by the Institute on Medicine as a Profession (IMAP) and Columbia University. In February 2003, George Soros, Chairman of the Open Society Institute, generously funded the establishment of IMAP with a gift of $7.5 million. CMAP carries out IMAP's programmatic agenda. David J. Rothman, Ph.D., serves as CMAP's Director.

CMAP Areas of Research: