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AAIM-ACP High Value Care Curriculum

Version 3.0 is now available with updated slides, all-new cases, and small group activities!

AAIM and the American College of Physicians (ACP) have developed a high value care curriculum to help train internal medicine residents about how to avoid overuse and misuse of tests and treatments that do not improve outcomes and may cause harms.

The free curriculum is available for download to engage internal medicine residents and faculty in small group activities organized around actual patient cases that require careful analysis of the benefits, harms, costs, and use of evidence-based, shared decision making. The revised flexible curriculum consists of six one-hour interactive sessions that can be incorporated into the existing conference structure of a program as well as a new and expanded program director's toolbox with a pre-post survey and tools to assess competence.

What Is High Value Care?

High value care means that a test or treatment has benefits that make its potential harms and costs worthwhile. Some expensive tests and treatments have high value because they provide high benefit and low harm. Conversely, some inexpensive tests or treatments have low value because they do not provide enough benefit to justify even their low costs and may even be harmful.

Because misuse and overuse of medical interventions that do not improve patient health contribute significantly to the unsustainable growth of health care spending, ACP launched a high value, cost-conscious care initiative in 2010 to help physicians and patients understand the benefits, harms, and costs of tests and treatment options for common clinical issues.

Curriculum Authors

Patrick C. Alguire, MD
American College of Physicians

Catherine Apaloo, MD
St. Vincent’s Medical Center

April Barbour, MD
George Washington University
School of Medicine

Cathlin Bowman
American Society of Nuclear Cardiology

Margaret Breida
Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine

Jessica Dine, MD
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

KeriLyn Gwisdalla, MD
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center

Amber Inofuentes, MD
University of Virginia School of Medicine

Debbie Korenstein, MD
Mount Sinai Medical Center

Lia S. Logio, MD
Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Phillip Masters, MD
American College of Physicians

Chris Moriates, MD
University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

Darilyn Moyer, MD
Temple University School of Medicine

Cheryl O’Malley, MD
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center

Mukta Panda, MD
University of Tennessee College of Medicine at Chattanooga

Jason Post, MD
Mayo Clinic School of Medicine

Cynthia D. Smith, MD
American College of Physicians

David Gary Smith, MD
Abington Memorial Hospital

Ryan Van Woerkom, MD
Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine

Sara Wallach, MD
Monmouth Medical Center

HVC Students

AAIM-ACP-MedU High Value Care Course for Students

See It in Practice

AIMW13 Joint Workshop Session 109. Less Is More 2.0: Developing Your Faculty to Implement the High Value Care Curriculum
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AIMW12 Joint Workshop Session 113. Less is More: Developing Your Faculty to Implement the High-Value, Cost-Conscious Care Curriculum
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