The Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) and Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec (FMEQ), who together represent all medical students in Canada have released a list of ‘Six Things Medical Students Should Question’ as part of Choosing Wisely Canada. A student-led taskforce developed an initial list of recommendations, and distributed a survey using social media, as well as CFMS, FMEQ and school-based list servs. Nearly 2000 medical students across Canada responded to the survey. This is the first Choosing Wisely list in Canada, and internationally, developed by students, and related to medical education (view our press release).
With the release of this list, the campaign will have covered more than 160 tests and procedures that specialty society partners say are overused and inappropriate, and that physicians and patients should discuss.
On October 30, the Canadian Headache Society (CHS) released its list of Four Things Physicians and Patients Should Question. To accompany their list, CHS released two corresponding lay language patient materials entitled, Treating frequent headaches with pain relievers: Don’t take them too often and Treating migraine headaches: Some drugs should rarely be used.
Over 165 physician recommendations and 29 corresponding patient pamphlets have been released as part of Choosing Wisely Canada to date.
The ABIM Foundation today announced the recipients of its new Putting Stewardship into Medical Education and Training grant program. The six winning proposals are designed to create new training program initiatives or expand existing ones to focus on potential negative consequences associated with unneeded care and, in doing so, reduce the overuse of certain tests and treatments.
We are delighted that our Choosing Wisely Canada STARS (Students and Trainees Advocating for Resource Stewardship) program was one of the six proposals to receive funding. As the international reach of Choosing Wisely grows, Choosing Wisely Canada is reaching out to medical students from coast to coast. Choosing Wisely Canada STARS will raise awareness about resource stewardship among medical students and empower them to reduce overuse. The grassroots initiative involves identifying students from all of Canada’s medical schools to lead local campaigns. This includes convening a leadership summit of medical students, developing an online community and creating a toolkit for local action.
Read ABIMF’s full press release: New Grantees Will Work to Reduce Overuse Through Medical Education and Training Initiatives.