Sponsored by the ABIM Foundation, the American College of Physicians, and the Section on Evidence Based Health Care of the New York Academy of Medicine, the newly created Choosing Wisely® High Value Care in Action Fellowship will provide residents and subspecialty trainees an opportunity to pursue projects aimed at reducing unnecessary care.
The fellowship is open to first- and second-year residents, who must propose a plan to implement and study the effects of a high value care clinical intervention project to reduce unnecessary care at their home institution. Preferred projects will be based on recommendations from the Choosing Wisely lists or the quality improvement module in the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine-American College of Physicians High Value Care Curriculum. The application deadline is March 11.
“As patients increasingly become aware of and, in many cases, responsible for the costs of their health care, physicians will face more challenging questions and decisions in their treatment,” said Daniel Wolfson, EVP and COO of the ABIM Foundation. “This new fellowship will help residents better understand how to implement the concepts of stewardship as defined by the Physician Charter –providing high-quality care to individual patients while wisely managing limited clinical resources –through real-world application of improvement projects at their home institutions.”
Upon selection, fellows will participate in the Teaching Evidence Assimilation for Collaborative Healthcare (TEACH) workshop at the New York Academy of Medicine in August to learn from experts about the science of “knowledge translation,” which focuses on the effective implementation of practice reforms.
Following attendance at the TEACH workshop, fellows will work to implement a clinical intervention project to reduce unnecessary costs at their home institutions in either the hospital or the outpatient setting, and they will rigorously study its effects so that the project can be disseminated to other organizations. Fellows will be invited to present their implementation project at the annual ACP IM meeting in early 2016 and will receive mentorship and statistical support with the goal of publishing the project in a peer-reviewed journal.