Logo that states An initiative of the ABIM FoundationEVMS celebrates the fourth-annual Choosing Wisely Day Friday, Feb. 18. The day includes a faculty development speaker and a student competition. It is an extension of the Choosing Wisely STARS Program and is designed to promote conversations between clinicians and patients by helping patients choose care that is:

  • Supported by evidence
  • Not duplicative of other tests or procedures already received
  • Free from harm
  • Truly necessary

Keynote Speaker 

Christopher Moriates smiles at the camera wearing his University of Texas at Austin white coat.

Christopher Moriates, MD

The University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School
Assistant Dean for Health Care Value, Department of Medical Education
Associate Chair of Quality, Safety & Value, Department of Internal Medicine
Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine

Moriates led the creation of the Dell Med Discovering Value-Based Health Care online learning platform. He also created and leads the Choosing Wisely STARS program in the U.S. and serves as co-chair of medical education strategy for the International Choosing Wisely Consortium. Moriates is the executive director at Costs of Care, a global nonprofit that works to improve patient outcomes at a lower cost. He also co-wrote “Understanding Value-Based Healthcare.” (McGraw-Hill, 2015)

Moriates earned his medical degree at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, and he completed his residency training in internal medicine at UCSF.

Learn more about Dr. Moriates.

Innovations and Ideas Presentations

All are welcome to watch the Choosing Wisely Day virtual competitions. Students and residents are invited to compete.

Think Tank 

Groups of two to five will promote a cost-saving, health-care-improving project in a live, competition-style format. Teams will offer solutions to problems of waste or cost and offer ideas to improve patient outcomes. Ideas will be evaluated by a multidisciplinary panel of judges and teams compete for awards and bragging rights. Winners will be announced the same day. See examples of other Choosing Wisely adopted recommendations.

Research/Literature Review Presentations

Students and residents submitted original research related to value-based medicine. Presentations will also include literature reviews of recent, innovative ideas. Individuals and groups will compete for awards against other presenters before our panel of judges. Awards will be presented the same day.

 Learn how to participate in this year's event.