Choosing Wisely
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STARS aims to catalyze grassroots, student-led initiatives to advance health care value in medical education.



Medical training environments have life-long effects on physicians’ medical practices, so if we want to reorient the system toward value, we should start as far upstream as we can in medical training. By engaging medical students in introducing the concepts of Choosing Wisely into their own training, we expect to have ripple effects that will eventually reach all corners of our health care system.

The Choosing Wisely STARS program is based on a simple idea: activate medical students to lead change within their own medical schools, by providing them with support and resources.

This model was introduced in 2015 by the Choosing Wisely Canada STARS program, which included two students from each of the 17 medical schools in Canada. Over the first year of the program, Canadian medical students led several projects to advance Choosing Wisely, a campaign launched in 2012 by the ABIM Foundation to encourage clinicians and patients to discuss medical tests and procedures that may not be necessary.

With support from the ABIM Foundation, Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, Choosing Wisely Canada, and Costs of Care, Dell Medical School is directing and hosting the inaugural STARS program for U.S. medical students. We sought to recruit 20 medical schools – the response was overwhelming so we expanded to 25 for the first year. Each of these 25 schools have identified a committed faculty champion and have garnered local dean-level support.

Two medical students from each of 25 medical schools across the U.S. – representing a diversity of regions and medical school environments/models – will participate in our Choosing Wisely STARS Leadership Summit  in December 2017. Following this summit, they will join a learning community to share stories of success and challenges, as well as to learn about resources and models that they may adapt locally. The goal is for these students to launch their own local programs and Choosing Wisely initiatives, supported by the community, which will reach across the country.

Through Choosing Wisely STARS, medical students will lead from where they stand, lifting us all up toward our shared purpose of ensuring the best care for and with our patients.


Chris Moriates, MD, Director of Choosing Wisely STARS (US) Program, and Assistant Dean for Healthcare Value at Dell Medical School.


2017-2018 Inaugural Choosing Wisely STARS Schools


1. The University of Texas at Austin - Dell Medical School
2. University of Chicago - Pritzker School of Medicine
3. Johns Hopkins University - School of Medicine
4. University of Colorado - School of Medicine
5. University of Arizona - College of Medicine Tucson
6. University of Minnesota - Medical School
7. Eastern Virginia Medical School
8. Ohio State University - College of Medicine
9. University of California San Francisco - School of Medicine
10. University of California San Diego - School of Medicine
11. University of Michigan - Medical School
12. Mayo Clinic - School of Medicine
13. UT Health San Antonio - Long School of Medicine

14. Oregon Health & Science University - School of Medicine
15. Vanderbilt University - School of Medicine
16. New York University - School of Medicine
17. University of North Carolina - School of Medicine
18. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
19. Northwestern University - Freinberg School of Medicine
20. Boston University - School of Medicine
21. University of Utah - School of Medicine
22. Texas A&M - College of Medicine
23. University of Washington - School of Medicine
24. University of South Carolina - School of Medicine Greenville
25. UT Southwestern - Medical School


Choosing Wisely STARS Leadership Summit


Saturday December 2, 2017

8AM – 5PM

Leadership Summit Agenda


Dell Medical School at the University of Texas, Austin

Health Learning Building (HLB), Room 1.111

1501 Red River St.

Austin, TX 78756

Travel and Hotel provided for STARS students:

DoubleTree Austin University Area

1617 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, Austin, TX 78702

+1 512-479-4000

Contact Tyler Harrison ( for arrangements


Reception Dinner for STARS students:

Saturday Dec 2, 2017


Stubbs Bar-B-Q

801 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

+1 512-480-8341

About Choosing Wisely


The Choosing Wisely campaign aims to promote conversations between clinicians and patients by helping patients choose care that is:

  • Supported by evidence
  • Not duplicative of other tests or procedures already received
  • Free from harm
  • Truly necessary

In response to this challenge, national organizations representing medical specialists asked their providers to “choose wisely” by identifying tests or procedures commonly used in their field whose necessity should be questioned and discussed.

The resulting lists of “Things Providers and Patients Should Question” are intended to spark discussion about the need—or lack thereof—for many frequently ordered tests or treatments.

To date, about 80 specialty societies have listed more than 500 tests or procedures that should be questioned.

To help patients engage their health care provider in these conversations and empower them to ask questions about what tests and procedures are right for them, Consumer Reports has developed patient-friendly materials based on the specialty societies’ lists of recommendations. These materials are disseminated through the campaign’s consumer partners.

For providers, a suite of communication education modules was created to help them engage in these conversations with their patients. A growing library of video resources also provides diverse perspectives on the campaign’s impact and challenges.


Discovering Value-Based Health Care

Interactive Learning Modules from Dell Med

The first three modules, bundled as "Introduction to Value-Based Health Care," are available free of charge. The curriculum introduces:

  • The concept of value and how to apply it into everyday practice
  • How measuring outcomes that matter to patients is key to creating value
  • How health care costs are calculated and how they affect patients

Receive a free certificate in value-based health care from Dell Medical School.

Choosing Wisely Promotional Posters and Cards

Full Set of Choosing Wisely Health Guides from Consumer Reports


Choosing Wisely helps doctors and patients together avoid needless and even harmful procedures.

The links at left will lead you through our collection of brochures.

Choosing Wisely: Tests

Choosing Wisely: Imaging

Choosing Wisely: Drugs

Choosing Wisely: Procedures