For the third time, Choosing Wisely Canada will bring together two medical students from each of Canada’s 17 medical schools for a Leadership Summit. This one day takes place the day before the Choosing Wisely Canada National Meeting, so students can advance campaign efforts in medical education and get to know what is happening from coast to coast in the national campaign.
This year, the STARS Leadership Summit is being co-designed with student leaders and will feature past STARS students and other trainee leaders as speakers and faculty. This includes past STARS participants as well as representatives from the two national student associations – the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) and Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec (FMEQ). Dr. Melanie Bechard, the president of Resident Doctors of Canada, and a pediatrics resident, will be a keynote speaker.
The focus of the meeting is on how the incoming group of student leaders can build on the successes of previous STARS cohorts. At many medical schools, students have led curricular change, launched interest groups and hosted events to raise awareness. Further, the Leadership Summit will encourage students to introduce new and innovative ideas to continue to advance STARS and the goals of integrating resource stewardship into medical education across Canada.
STARS was launched with a grant from the ABIMF (American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation) and benefits from the support of many medical school deans and administrators in Canada, as well as the student executives of the CFMS and FMEQ.