Teaching Value and Choosing Wisely Competition Winners Announced
October 16, 2013 (PRLEAP.COM) Health NewsPHILADELPHIA -Today Costs of Care and the ABIM Foundation recognized six innovative projects developed by medical educators to promote high-value care by reducing waste and overuse in health care. The winners of the first ever Teaching Value and Choosing Wisely® competition will present their projects at a meeting sponsored by the ABIM Foundation and Josiah Macy Foundation entitled "Advancing the Competency of Stewarding Healthcare Resources in Medical Education and Training" on November 1, as well as the annual meeting of the AAMC on November 2.
Launched in April 2013, the Teaching Value and Choosing Wisely Competition sought to address four goals: 1) identify champions of high-value care in health professions education; 2) characterize solutions for teaching high-value care currently in use by health professions educators; 3) catalyze new ideas and methods for teaching high-value care to trainees; and, 4) help promote promising ideas that can be readily adopted and scaled. All of the entries can be viewed online following free registration at www.TeachingValue.org, and educators can interact and learn from the authors on the new Teaching Value Forum.
The competition was open to clinicians of any discipline and level of training. A panel of experts reviewed more than 70 entries and judged them on metrics including innovativeness, feasibility, and relevance to the current training environment. Winners were named in two categories-"Innovations" for projects that are either completed or underway-and "Bright Ideas" for proposed interventions that were supported by a plan for dissemination to other institutions.
Bright Ideas winners:
"For the next generation of physicians, the definition of high quality medicine will encompass not only expert diagnosis and treatment but also the respectful management of increasingly expensive health care resources," said Neel Shah, MD, MPP, Founder and Executive Director of Costs of Care and co-chair of the Competition. "The Teaching Value and Choosing Wisely Competition winners demonstrate a growing movement to identify and cultivate the skills, competencies and organizational support that these aspiring healers will need to fulfill their calling. We encourage others to learn more about these bright ideas and innovations and explore how they might be implemented at their own institutions."
In addition to Dr. Shah, the Competition was co-chaired by Chris Moriates MD, Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California at San Francisco and Vineet Arora MD, MPP, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago.
"Choosing Wisely is about ensuring that physicians and patients have critical conversations about what tests and procedures are necessary. It is vitally important to provide the next generation of physicians with the skills they need to actively engage patients in these conversations. These innovations will go a long way in helping us build a generation of physicians that have inculcated reduction of overuse and unnecessary care into their daily practice," said Richard J. Baron, MD, President and CEO of the ABIM Foundation. "Congratulations and thank you to the winners for contributing these important ideas and innovations that demonstrate how medical professionalism can be a force for change in improving our health care system."
Teaching Value and Choosing Wisely Competition judges included:
The Teaching Value and Choosing Wisely Competition is supported by an ABIM Foundation grant to Costs of Care and builds on the ABIM Foundation's Choosing Wisely campaign. Nearly 60 medical specialty societies have joined Choosing Wisely to help physicians and patients engage in conversations about the overuse of tests and procedures and support physician efforts to help patients make smart and effective care choices. Find more information on the campaign at www.choosingwisely.org.
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, read the Medical Professionalism Blog, connect with us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
About Costs of Care
Costs of Care is a nonprofit organization that is transforming American healthcare delivery using a combination of advocacy, education, and technology to help caregivers deflate medical bills. Connect at www.CostsOfCare.org.