As part of its mission to improve health care delivery, Dell Medical School seeks to serve as an epicenter for value-based health care education. The school has created free online learning modules to teach basic concepts and emerging cutting-edge examples of value-based health care in the U.S.
Education and faculty development are necessary steps, but they are likely insufficient to truly achieve culture change in medical education. Dell Med believes that another way to support such change is through activating medical students to cultivate a grassroots, bottom-up campaign — with top-down support.
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. During the first year of the program, Canadian medical students led several projects to advance Choosing Wisely, a campaign launched in 2012 to encourage clinicians and patients to discuss medical tests and procedures that may not be necessary.
In 2017, Dell Med directed and hosted the inaugural STARS program for U.S. medical students, selecting two first-year students from each of 25 medical schools across the country to participate. Each school identified a local faculty mentor and committed to high-level support from the dean’s office. The program began with a leadership summit and followed with an engaging learning community that supports students as they advance their own local Choosing Wisely projects.
Through STARS, medical students are leading from where they stand, lifting all up toward a shared purpose of ensuring the best care for and with patients.