Catalyzing student-led initiatives to advance high-value care medical education

About the U.S. STARS Program

The STARS program catalyzes grassroots, student-led initiatives to advance health care value in medical education. STARS was introduced in Canada in 2015, and we started our US version of the program in 2017 with 50 students from 25 medical schools. The US program has grown and now includes more than 500 medical student participants from more than 50 different medical schools – it is now delivered by the non-profit Costs of Care.

The STARS program provides both students and faculty opportunities to “lead from where you stand” and advance high-value care education, supporting their own career development and furthering our shared mission to provide the best care at lower costs for patients.

STARS students who have come before you have created curricula, student interest groups, national challenges, award programs, podcasts, journal clubs, and many other innovative contributions to teach others about how to best take care of patients at lower costs. They’ve joined together on student calls to share their experiences and examples with one another, creating a resilient group of learner leaders. The STARS community continues to grow – and we can’t wait for you to join us!

For medical schools interested in participating in the STARS 2025 program, please contact by October 1st, 2024.

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