Students and Trainees Advocating for Resource Stewardship (STARS)
Inspiring the next generation of physicians in resource stewardship.
Choosing Wisely Canada has engaged medical students, residents, faculty, universities, professional organizations and regulatory bodies to embed resource stewardship principles into medical education.
STARS is a grassroots medical education campaign that supports student-led efforts to advance resource stewardship awareness and education. STARS leaders and interest groups are present at all 17 medical schools in Canada. To date, nine student cohorts have participated and involved over 300 medical student leaders.
Choosing Wisely Canada also has ongoing and active involvement from trainees including residents and fellows. Are you a trainee and want to learn more about Choosing Wisely Canada and medical education? Not sure who to talk to? Email us: STARS@choosingwiselycanada.org.
Dr. William Silverstein is a general internist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and an Assistant Professor (Clinician in Quality and Innovation) in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He has been the Lead of Choosing Wisely Canada STARS since July 2022. He is also the Physician Lead of Sunnybrook’s Choosing Wisely Committee. His academic interests lie at the intersection of QIPS, resource stewardship, health services research, and educating clinicians to incorporate high-value care into their practices.
Tara is the Manager of Operations for Choosing Wisely Canada. She is responsible for all day-to-day operations of the campaign, including staff and stakeholder management, strategic planning, budgeting, and financial reporting. Tara also leads the program operations for STARS. Tara holds an Honours BA degree in Child and Youth Studies from Brock University and a Master’s degree in Family Relations and Human Development from the University of Guelph. Tara brings a wealth of expertise and a deep understanding of health care operations with over 15 years of experience in managing hospital-based research programs.
Dr. Brian Wong is the Medical Education Lead of Choosing Wisely Canada. He is also an Associate Professor and the Director of Continuing Education and Quality Improvement in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto, the Director of the Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the University of Toronto and a Clinician Educator with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Clinically, he is a staff general internist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. His scholarly activities lie at the intersection between medical education, quality improvement, and patient safety, and has been extensively involved in developing curricula to teach patient safety, quality, and value to health professionals across the learning continuum.
STARS Central is an online spot for currently enrolled student leaders to access information, connect with other medical student leaders, and get the latest updates from the program.