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Author Archives: Daniel Wolfson

Social Justice and Choosing Wisely®: Radical Idea or Basic Tenet?

This past April, the Choosing Wisely campaign celebrated its second anniversary. As is the case with the passing of any milestone, I have been reflecting on what the campaign has achieved and what we have yet to accomplish. It also made me take stock of the environment in which we incubated this concept and launched [...]

Teaching Professionalism: What are the Best Ways of Understanding Medical Professionalism?

I am pleased to announce the publication of a new textbook sponsored by the ABIM Foundation entitled Understanding Professionalism, written by Shiphra Ginsberg, MD, Fred Hafferty, PhD, Foundation trustee Wendy Levinson, MD, and former trustee Catherine Lucey, MD. While the book’s subject matter is not new to medical education curricula, the way it presents professionalism [...]

Impressions on Choosing Wisely®’s Global Expansion

As noted in a previous blog post, Choosing Wisely is gaining traction abroad. Global initiatives include Choosing Wisely Canada, Choosing Wisely Netherlands and “Slow Medicine” in Italy.  I am fascinated by the different ways other countries are promoting the campaign to physicians and patients, and leveraging it to tackle issues prevalent in their particular health systems.

Malpractice and Choosing Wisely®: Lessons From My Hometown

I recently spoke to several health system/hospital quality experts and physician groups in Upstate New York about the Choosing Wisely campaign. I was looking forward to speaking about the campaign to a hometown crowd (I was born and raised in Syracuse) and an audience that included my former next-door neighbor, the regional president of Excellus. [...]

Choosing Wisely® Spreads to Training: An Exciting Development at Johns Hopkins Hospital

It’s incredible to see Choosing Wisely spread throughout delivery systems, local communities and internationally. To see it grow in residency programs gives me particular joy knowing that the next generation of physicians will have competencies in stewardship and systems-based practice that surpass the current physician workforce.

Choosing Wisely® Summit: Activism and Common Ground

Last week, 21 sub-grantees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation assembled at the Choosing Wisely Summit to learn from each other, advance skills to spread the awareness of the campaign and plan for the future. The event was a great success; I felt that all of the grantees were re-energized after sharing their stories and [...]

Choosing Wisely® Summit: Making Connections

On April 30, 21 diverse organizations will convene to present their findings and learn from each other about ways to advance the Choosing Wisely campaign at the local level. The ten regional health collaboratives and eleven specialty societies and state medical associations are sub-grantees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and dedicated to improving [...]

In response to: Are docs Choosing Wisely?

On April 15th Jordan Rau of Kaiser Health News published a thoughtful article examining the Choosing Wisely campaign. This type of analysis is a critical part of the transparent, honest dialogue about the issues of unnecessary medical care that we have sought to encourage since launching the campaign. That said, we think it is unfortunately [...]

It’s About the Conversation

There is an interesting conversation taking place around Choosing Wisely® and a recent JAMA study by Pearson and Gliwa. It’s heartening to see that the campaign is doing what it was always meant to do – spark conversation. In their study, Gliwa and Pearson sought to “evaluate the role that evidence on benefits, risks, and [...]

Choosing Wisely® Utah Town Hall: Voices Reflect Gains in the Campaign

On March 27, HealthInsight Utah hosted a town hall on the campus of the University of Utah. HealthInsight Utah is a sub-grantee of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant to the ABIM Foundation to increase awareness of the Choosing Wisely campaign at the local level. They are one of 21 grantees who are all pursuing [...]