The Albert Einstein College of Medicine Campaign

Einstein students choose wisely

Welcome

Patients and physicians often lack the resources necessary to have informed discussions and decisions about appropriate medical care. Care that is evidence-based; cost effective to the patient and society; safe for patients; and sensitive to patient preference.

The Choosing Wisely campaign provides doctors, medical students and patients with the tools to enhance these conversations. The goal is to encourage physicians and medical students to formulate a methodical approach to practice patient-centered medicine and encourage stewardship in delivering value-added care.

On this site, available only to Einstein students, you will find easy to understand patient brochures in English and Spanish on many Choosing Wisely recommendations. They are divided by course/clerkship in tabs on the left. Feel free to access these anytime to learn about delivering high value care and the rationale for restraint in many instances.

You can print the brochures for patients and use them as the basis for discussing whether certain tests or treatments are necessary. You can also share the brochures with housestaff and attendings at your clinical sites.

For general questions about this site, contact Dr. Pablo Joo, Assistant Dean for Medical Education, at [email protected]. For questions related to specific sections, contact the appropriate course/clerkship director.

Disease Mechanisms

Breast biopsy

Cancer tests and treatments

Imaging and blood tests in early breast cancer

PSA test for prostate cancer

Screening tests - when you need them, when you don’t

Sentinel node biopsy for breast cancer

Family Medicine

Allergy tests

Alzheimer’s disease testing

Antibiotics for ear infections in children

Antibiotics for pink eye

Antibiotics for respiratory illness in children

Antibiotics for urinary tract infections in older people

Antibiotics for your skin

Antibiotics - when you need them and when you don’t

Antibiotics - will they help you or hurt you?

Antipsychotic drugs for people with dementia

Bed rest for lower back pain

Blood tests for miscarriage risk

Blood transfusions for anemia in the hospital

Bone density tests

Brain scans for head injuries

Breast biopsy

Cancer tests and treatments

Cardiac imaging

Care at the end of life for advanced cancer patients

Cholesterol drugs for people over 75

Colonoscopy

CT scans for children with head injuries

CT scans to find lung cancer in smokers

Dental fillings that contain mercury

Drugs for migraine headaches

Drugs for rheumatoid arthritis

Early delivery

Echocardiograms for valve disease

EKGs and exercise stress tests

Feeding tubes for people with Alzheimer’s

Five physical therapy treatments you probably don’t need

Health checkups

Home apnea monitors for SIDS

Home oxygen after a hospital stay

Imaging and blood tests in early breast cancer

Imaging tests for back pain

Imaging tests for early prostate cancer

Imaging tests for headaches

Imaging tests for heart disease

Imaging tests for ovarian cysts

Kidney disease

Labs before surgery

Lyme disease tests

Medical tests before surgery

Medicines to relieve chronic pain

Oral antibiotics for ear infections

Painkiller choices with kidney or heart problems

Palliative care

Pap tests

Pelvic exams and Pap tests before contraceptives

PET scans after cancer treatment

Preventing infections in the hospital

Preventing seizures after an ischemic stroke

PSA test for prostate cancer

Screening tests for ovarian cancer

Screening tests - when you need them, when you don’t

Sleeping pills for insomnia and anxiety in older people

Spirometry in asthma

Stress tests after procedures

Stress tests before surgery

Stress tests for chest pain

Supplements for osteoarthritis

Testosterone for erection problems

Treating acute blood clots

Treating blocked leg arteries

Treating frequent headaches with pain relievers

Treating heartburn and GERD

Treating low risk prostate cancer

Treating sinusitis

Treating sleep problems

Urinary tract infections in older people

Vision care for children

Vitamin D tests

Choosing Wisely: When to say Whoa to doctors

 

Geriatrics

Advice for caregivers: treatments and tests for seniors

Alzheimer’s disease testing

Antibiotics for urinary tract infections in older people

Antibiotics for your skin

Antibiotics - when you need them and when you don’t

Antibiotics - will they help you or hurt you?

Antipsychotic drugs for people with dementia

Blood transfusions for anemia in the hospital

Bone density tests

Breast biopsy

Cancer tests and treatments

Cardiac imaging

Care at the end of life for advanced cancer patients

Cholesterol drugs for people over 75

CT scans to find lung cancer in smokers

Dental fillings that contain mercury

Drugs for migraine headaches

Drugs for rheumatoid arthritis

Echocardiograms for valve disease

EKGs and exercise stress tests

Feeding tubes for people with Alzheimer’s

Five physical therapy treatments you probably don’t need

Home oxygen after a hospital stay

Imaging and blood tests in early breast cancer

Imaging tests for back pain

Imaging tests for early prostate cancer

Imaging tests for headaches

Imaging tests for heart disease

Implanted heart devices at the end of life

Kidney disease

Labs before surgery

Lyme disease tests

Medical tests before surgery

Medicines to relieve chronic pain

Painkiller choices with kidney or heart problems

Palliative care

PET scans after cancer treatment

Preventing infections in the hospital

Preventing seizures after an ischemic stroke

PSA test for prostate cancer

Screening tests for ovarian cancer

Screening tests - when you need them, when you don’t

Sleeping pills for insomnia and anxiety in older people

Supplements for osteoarthritis

Treating acute blood clots

Treating blocked leg arteries

Treating frequent headaches with pain relievers

Treating heartburn and GERD

Treating low-risk prostate cancer

Treating sinusitis

Treating sleep problems

Urinary tract infections in older people

Choosing Wisely: When to say Whoa to doctors

Internal Medicine

Allergy tests

Alzheimer’s disease testing

Antibiotics for pink eye

Antibiotics for urinary tract infections in older people

Antibiotics for your skin

Antibiotics - when you need them and when you don’t

Antibiotics - will they help you or hurt you?

Antipsychotic drugs for people with dementia

Bed rest for lower back pain

Blood transfusions for anemia in the hospital

Bone density tests

Brain scans for head injuries

Breast biopsy

Cancer tests and treatments

Cardiac imaging

Care at the end of life for advanced cancer patients

Cholesterol drugs for people over 75

Colonoscopy

CT scans to find lung cancer in smokers

Dental fillings that contain mercury

Drugs for migraine headaches

Drugs for rheumatoid arthritis

Echocardiograms for valve disease

EKGs and exercise stress tests

Feeding tubes for people with Alzheimer’s

Five physical therapy treatments you probably don’t need

Health checkups

Home oxygen after a hospital stay

Imaging and blood tests in early breast cancer

Imaging tests for back pain

Imaging tests for early prostate cancer

Imaging tests for headaches

Imaging tests for heart disease

Kidney disease

Labs before surgery

Lyme disease tests

Medical tests before surgery

Medicines to relieve chronic pain

Oral antibiotics for ear infections

Painkiller choices with kidney or heart problems

Palliative care

PET scans after cancer treatment

Preventing infections in the hospital

Preventing seizures after an ischemic stroke

PSA test for prostate cancer

Screening tests for ovarian cancer

Screening tests - when you need them, when you don’t

Sleeping pills for insomnia and anxiety in older people

Spirometry in asthma

Stress tests after procedures

Stress tests before surgery

Stress tests for chest pain

Supplements for osteoarthritis

Testosterone for erection problems

Treating acute blood clots

Treating blocked leg arteries

Treating frequent headaches with pain relievers

Treating heartburn and GERD

Treating low-risk prostate cancer

Treating sinusitis

Treating sleep problems

Urinary tract infections in older people

Vitamin D tests

Choosing Wisely: When to say Whoa to doctors

Neurology

Alzheimer’s disease testing

Antipsychotic drugs for people with dementia

Brain scans for head injuries

Carotid artery surgery

CT scans for children with head injuries

Drugs for migraine headaches

Imaging tests for headaches

Medicines to relieve chronic pain

Painkiller choices with kidney or heart problems

Preventing seizures after an ischemic stroke

Screening tests for brain aneurysms

Sleeping pills for insomnia and anxiety in older people

Treating frequent headaches with pain relievers

Choosing Wisely: When to say Whoa to doctors

 

 

Obstetrics/Gynecology

Antibiotics for your skin

Antibiotics - when you need them and when you don’t

Antibiotics - will they help you or hurt you?

Blood tests for miscarriage risk

Blood transfusions for anemia in the hospital

Bone density tests

Breast biopsy

Cancer tests and treatments

Chest X-rays before surgery

Early delivery

Imaging and blood tests in early breast cancer

Imaging tests for ovarian cysts

Labs before surgery

Mammograms before elective breast surgery

Medical tests before surgery

Medicines to relieve chronic pain

Pap tests

Pelvic exams and pap tests before contraceptives

Preventing infections in the hospital

Screening tests for ovarian cancer

Screening tests - when you need them, when you don’t

Sentinel node biopsy for breast cancer

Choosing Wisely: When to say Whoa to doctors

 

 

 

Pediatrics

Allergy tests

Antibiotics for ear infections in children

Antibiotics for pink eye

Antibiotics for respiratory illness in children

Antibiotics for your skin

Antibiotics - when you need them and when you don’t

Antibiotics - will they help you or hurt you?

Brain scans for head injuries

CT scans for children with head injuries

Home apnea monitors for SIDS

Imaging tests for ovarian cysts

Oral antibiotics for ear infections

Palliative care

Pap tests

Pelvic exams and pap tests before contraceptives

Screening tests - when you need them, when you don’t

Spirometry in asthma

Treating sinusitis

Vision care for children

 

Psychiatry

Antipsychotic drugs for people with dementia

Sleeping pills for insomnia and anxiety in older people

 

Radiology

Bone density tests

Brain scans for head injuries

Chest X-rays before surgery

CT scans for children with head injuries

CT scans to find lung cancer in smokers

Echocardiograms before surgery

Echocardiograms for valve disease

Echocardiography after valve surgery

Heart imaging before surgery

Imaging tests after a heart procedure

Imaging tests for back pain

Imaging tests for early prostate cancer

Imaging tests for headaches

Imaging tests for heart disease

Imaging tests for ovarian cysts

Mammograms before elective breast surgery

PET scans after cancer treatment

 

Surgery

Antibiotics for your skin

Antibiotics - when you need them and when you don’t

Antibiotics - will they help you or hurt you?

Blood transfusions for anemia in the hospital

Breast biopsy

Cancer tests and treatments

Carotid artery surgery

Chest x-rays before surgery

Colonoscopy

Echocardiograms before surgery

Echocardiography after valve surgery

Five physical therapy treatments you probably don’t need

Heart imaging before surgery

Heart stress tests before chest surgery

Heart tests before surgery

Imaging and blood tests in early breast cancer

Imaging tests after a heart procedure

Implanted heart devices at the end of life

Labs before surgery

Mammograms before elective breast surgery

Medical tests before surgery

Medicines to relieve chronic pain

Preventing infections in the hospital

Sentinel node biopsy for breast cancer

Stress tests before surgery

Tests before heart surgery

Treating acute blood clots

Treating blocked leg arteries

Treating low-risk prostate cancer