Students and Trainees Advocating for Resource Stewardship (STARS)

STARS is a grassroots, student-led campaign to advance resource stewardship in medical education. STARS annually engages two students to lead local efforts along with a faculty lead. Each year these students participate in a National Leadership Summit with learning objectives related to leadership, resource stewardship and communications skills.

The University of Manitoba and Choosing Wisely Manitoba have been supporting STARS students since 2015. These students lead local efforts to embed concepts related to Choosing Wisely and resource stewardship into medical education. STARS in Manitoba facilitate a Resource Stewardship Interest Group for undergraduate medical students. If you’re interested in becoming part of this group contact your current STARS representatives below. If you’re interested in getting involved in a resource stewardship research project, check back soon for a list of new projects.

2020 STARS Students


Mehrin Ahmed

Mehrin is a first year medical student at the University of Manitoba.

"I was first exposed to the principles of Choosing Wisely in a microbiology course during my undergraduate degree. At the time we had talked about antibiotic resistance and the importance of being judicious in their use. In that same year, I travelled to a developing country and witnessed the generous and widespread use of antibiotics. I was struck by how important stewardship, as well as gaining and disseminating knowledge of the practice, is. Ever since then, I have been inspired to learn more and look forward to implementing what I learn in my future practice."

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Alyssa Kidd

Alyssa is a first year medical student at the University of Manitoba.

"Before learning about the Choosing Wisely campaign, I didn’t believe the concepts of resource stewardship and patient-centred care belonged in the same sentence. Thankfully, being introduced to Choosing Wisely while working for the Family Medicine Research Department showed me how the two concepts are fundamentally interdependent; resource stewardship maximizes value for patients, while minimizing harms caused by doing the unnecessary. As a STARS student I look forward to learning more about how I can incorporate resource stewardship into my future patient-centred practice, while additionally working with my peers who may still hold the same misconceptions I once did."

Evaluating the Incorporation of Resource Stewardship into University of Manitoba Pre-clerkship Curriculum

A total of 132 students responded to the pre-survey and 131 students responded to the post-survey (overall response rate 60.0% and 59.5%, respectively). There was a 47.7% increase in awareness of the CWC campaign, 5.9% increase in students feeling comfortable in discussing unnecessary testing with patients, and 18.0% increase in identifying appropriate motivations for ordering tests. This study indicates that enhancement of the resource stewardship training in the pre-clerkship curriculum had a positive effect on students’ attitude and awareness of resource stewardship.

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