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It is a collaboration between Dell Med and Costs of Care, with previous support from the ABIM Foundation, Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and Choosing Wisely Canada.

For medical schools interested in participating in the STARS 2022 program, contact

The 2020 Choosing Wisely Stars group outside the Health Learning Building


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. As of 2021, done virtually due to the pandemic, the program is now guiding its fourth cohort of medical students.

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.

Participating Schools

  • Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin
  • Pritzker School of Medicine (University of Chicago)
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Thomas Jefferson University Sidney Kimmel Medical College
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
  • University of California San Diego School of Medicine
  • University of Michigan Medical School
  • Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
  • Long School of Medicine (UT Health San Antonio)
  • OHSU School of Medicine
  • Creighton University School of Medicine
  • NYU School of Medicine
  • University of North Carolina School of Medicine
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Feinberg School of Medicine (Northwestern University)
  • University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Texas A&M College of Medicine
  • University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville
  • UT Southwestern Medical School
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Florida State University College of Medicine
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • University of Quinnipiac Frank Netter School of Medicine
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Penn State University College of Medicine
  • William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
  • Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • University of Mississippi School of Medicine
  • University of Kentucky College of Medicine
  • Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
  • University of Florida College of Medicine
  • New York Medical College

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More About Choosing Wisely

Choosing Wisely, an initiative of the ABIM Foundation, seeks to advance a national dialogue on avoiding wasteful or unnecessary medical tests, treatments and procedures. It produces lists of ways to “choose wisely” by specialty.

Discovering Value-Based Health Care

Integrate the concept of health care value, formally or informally, into your local curriculum. Dell Med’s Discovering Value-Based Health Care modules are free!

Costs of Care InnoVATE Podcasts

The InnoVATE platform is dedicated to promoting innovators in health care who are advancing innovations in value, affordability, training and/or education, while also inspiring patients, clinicians and health care systems to improve the affordability of health care for all.

STARS’ First Year (2017-18)

% who called the program a valuable experience
% who felt more prepared to lead discussions about Choosing Wisely
% likely to implement a Choosing Wisely program