Choosing Wisely – making the most of health care dollars
Dr. William Schreiber – Clinical Director Chemistry BC, LifeLabs Professor, Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UBC
In April 2012, the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, along with Consumer Reports, formally launched the Choosing Wisely campaign with the release of “Top Five” lists from nine specialty societies. Today, more than 70 societies comprising over one million clinicians are now partners of the Choosing Wisely campaign.
This presentation will briefly review the background and principles behind Choosing Wisely. Several recommendations pertinent to test ordering will be highlighted.
Presenter Bio: Dr. William E. Schreiber is the Clinical Director for Chemistry, BC. In this role, he provides medical oversight for all chemistry testing in British Columbia. Prior to joining LifeLabs, he worked in the Division of Clinical Chemistry at Vancouver General Hospital. He also served as medical director of the Provincial Toxicology Center, which provides both forensic and clinical toxicology services for the entire province.
Since joining the faculty at UBC, he has committed a large part of his career to the education of medical students, residents and colleagues. He directed the medical biochemistry residency program for 10 years and served as associate dean for undergraduate education at UBC from 1999-2002. He has received a number of teaching awards from students and peers, as well as recognition from professional organizations for contributions to continuing medical education.
Dr. Schreiber has been active in professional organizations in the US and Canada. In 2016, he became president of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), the largest pathology organization in North America. He served on the editorial board of Lab Tests Online (labtestsonline.org) and continues to review for the American Journal of Clinical Pathology. His research interests are eclectic, with more than 60 publications in peer-reviewed journals.