Choosing Wisely Canada is a campaign to help clinicians and patients
engage in conversations about unnecessary tests and treatments.

Recent News

March 30th National Choosing Wisely Canada Conference

Mark your calendars, if you haven’t already, and be sure to register before the holidays! Our March 30th conference will be an opportunity for Choosing Wisely Canada, and all of our partners, to come together and celebrate our successes and experiences to date.  Our intention is to showcase the strides made since the campaign launched two years ago through participatory and interactive sessions on topics including:

  • How different organizations have implemented our recommendations and lessons learned from the field
  • What groups are doing to scale local innovations
  • How to measure the impact of the campaign locally
  • Highlighting innovative Choosing Wisely Canada projects across the nation
  • Learning more about incorporating the patient perspective into Choosing Wisely
  • The national medical student Choosing Wisely Canada campaign

Top abstracts submitted for the conference will receive awards!

Along with this exciting program we have confirmed two engaging and inspiring keynote speakers:

  • André Picard, health columnist at The Globe and Mail
  • Daniel Wolfson, Executive Vice President of the ABIM Foundation and a leader of Choosing Wisely in the United States

Sponsored by:

10 Million Challenge

Choosing Wisely Canada is launching the 10 Million Challenge, a Canada-wide collective action initiative to help prevent 10 million unnecessary tests and treatments by the year 2020. Its purpose is to mobilize the healthcare provider community to put the Choosing Wisely recommendations into practice, and make a valuable contribution towards reducing waste and potential harm to patients.

To date, over 160 recommendations have been published across a large number of clinical specialties. Many of these recommendations are now being implemented across Canada, in hospitals, primary care clinics, long-term care homes, health regions, etc. Toolkits are currently being developed for the following recommendations:

  • Single Unit Transfusions: How to implement single instead of two unit RBC transfusions
  • Foley Catheter: How to implement urinary catheter removal by nurses on general medical wards
  • Emergency Department Testing: How to reduce testing in the Emergency Department
  • Delayed Script: How to use delayed script to reduce antibiotic use and still assure patients

By participating in the 10 Million Challenge, you are helping put the Choosing Wisely recommendations into practice, safeguarding patients from needless harm, and ensuring that our health care resources are being used most effectively. Sign up by emailing us at:

STARS: Students and Trainees Advocating for Resource Stewardship

On Saturday November 14th Choosing Wisely Canada hosted its very first national student leadership conference. The STARS (Students and Trainees Advocating for Resource Stewardship) or ESPOIRS (Étudiants sensibilisés pour l’optimisation de l’intendance des ressources en santé ) Leadership Summit was a great success with two students from each of Canada’s 17 medical schools in attendance. The first student campaign of its kind for the Choosing Wisely movement internationally, STARS has generated a lot of engagement and enthusiasm among students. Check out this video from the day.

Highlights from the day included speakers on leadership, advocacy and communications, and students committing to local changes at their schools. Some of these commitments include:

  • Making sure every undergraduate student at McMaster knows about Choosing Wisely Canada
  • Develop province-wide initiatives in support of STARS/ESPOIRS in Quebec through social media
  • Start an evidence-based interest group at University of Alberta which focuses on raising awareness of Choosing Wisely Canada
  • Establish a STARS Student club at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine
  • Incorporate Choosing Wisely Canada material into small group curriculum at University of Western Ontario
  • Organize a segment at the Dalhousie-Memorial annual conference on STARS to teach students about Choosing Wisely Canada

At the centre of our medical student efforts is a Choosing Wisely list for medical education. This list, ‘Six Things that Medical Students and Trainees Should Question’ is endorsed by the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) and Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec (FMEQ). The list development was led by a group of summer medical students, and included the input of nearly 2000 medical students from across Canada. The list has been generating a lot of social media buzz, including a powerful blog post in Dr. Jessica Otte’s Less is More Medicine and a student-written blog on Healthy Debate.

View All News