New U.S. STARS program begins with summit of 50 medical students at Dell Medical School
The STARS initiative seeks to build awareness in the medical education community for the Choosing Wisely campaign, in which 80 medical specialty societies have developed more than 500 recommendations to reduce or avoid low-value care. The initiative is designed to increase students' knowledge and attitudes about evidence-based care and resource stewardship, and to seed local programs at participating medical schools to promote Choosing Wisely.
Throughout the next year, these first-year students - from 25 medical schools across the country - will be working with peers to develop ways to avoid unnecessary medical tests, treatments and procedures that might be harmful to patients and contribute to excessive health care costs.
The ABIM Foundation and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation have provided support for the initiative, which mirrors the successful STARS program started in 2015 by Choosing Wisely Canada.
"We are inspired by the clinicians all across the country and in Canada who are leading Choosing Wisely initiatives to reduce unnecessary care that could harm patients. We want to foster a new generation of doctors who will practice and promote evidence-based care," said Richard J. Baron, MD, president and CEO of the ABIM Foundation. "The STARS program will provide a dynamic community of future leaders with training and resources to improve health care in America."
List of students and schools participating in STARS:
The University of Texas at Austin - Dell Medical School
University of Chicago - Pritzker School of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University - School of Medicine
University of Colorado - School of Medicine
University of Arizona - College of Medicine Tucson
University of Minnesota - Medical School
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Ohio State University - College of Medicine
University of California San Francisco - School of Medicine
University of California San Diego - School of Medicine
University of Michigan - Medical School
Mayo Clinic - School of Medicine
UT Health San Antonio - Long School of Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University - School of Medicine
Vanderbilt University - School of Medicine
New York University - School of Medicine
University of North Carolina - School of Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Northwestern University - Feinberg School of Medicine
Boston University - School of Medicine
University of Utah - School of Medicine
Texas A&M - College of Medicine
University of Washington - School of Medicine
University of South Carolina - School of Medicine Greenville
UT Southwestern - Medical School
About the ABIM Foundation
The mission of the ABIM Foundation is to advance medical professionalism to improve the health care system. We achieve this by collaborating with physicians and physician leaders, medical trainees, health care delivery systems, payers, policy makers, consumer organizations and patients to foster a shared understanding of professionalism and how they can adopt the tenets of professionalism in practice. To learn more about the ABIM Foundation, visit www.abimfoundation.org.
About Choosing Wisely
Choosing Wisely is an initiative of the ABIM Foundation in partnership with Consumer Reports that seeks to advance a national dialogue on avoiding wasteful or unnecessary medical tests, treatments and procedures. To learn more about Choosing Wisely, visit www.choosingwisely.org.