Choosing Wisely STARS

WCUCOM is proud to be the first osteopathic medical school in the country to be accepted into Choosing Wisely STARS (Students and Trainees Advocating for Resource Stewardship), which aims to catalyze grassroots, student-led initiatives to advance health care value in medical education.

The program is built on Choosing Wisely, launched in 2012 by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation to promote conversations between clinicians and patients to help patients choose care that is supported by evidence, not duplicative of other tests or procedures already received, free from harm, and truly necessary.

Choosing Wisely STARS is supported by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation, Costs of Care, and the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School.


STARS UNITE 2021 builds upon the successful STARS program for medical students, which has engaged hundreds of medical students from across the U.S., to bring together interprofessional clinical teams that will improve care delivery through co-developed, sustainable solutions to improve patient affordability and equity.

Mississippi currently ranks last, or close to last, in almost every leading health outcome. It is critical to transform our care delivery using a novel approach focused on advancing health care value. WCUCOM is proud to have been selected to participate in the first cohort of the STARS UNITE program.

WCUCOM has created a diverse team with representation from all the health professions programs at WCU including the College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, and Physical Therapy Program. Within these programs, a wide-range of clinical learning environments exist throughout  the state.

Our STARS UNITE team is working collaboratively to design a project that can be implemented across the WCU health professions programs with a goal of improving patient outcomes through increased care equity and affordability.

STARS UNITE is supported by the ABIM Foundation and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.

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