Choosing Wisely

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The ABIM Foundation's Choosing Wisely® campaign is focused on encouraging physicians and patients to talk about medical tests and procedures that may be unnecessary, and, in some instances, can cause harm. To join, a medical society must provide expert guidance on five medical tests or treatments commonly used in its field.

The Academy has identified 10 evidence-based recommendations that can support conversations between patients and dermatologists about treatments, tests, and procedures that may not be needed.

To date, 75 national organizations representing medical specialists have joined the conversations about appropriate care. With the release of these recommendations, the campaign will have covered nearly 500 tests and procedures that the specialty society partners say are overused or inappropriate, and that physicians and patients should discuss. For more information on the campaign, visit

The Academy's Choosing Wisely®list was selected by the AAD’s Choosing Wisely® workgroup, who identified areas with the greatest potential for overuse/misuse, a need for quality improvement, and the availability of strong evidence-based research to support the recommendation. The final list was reviewed and approved by the Academy’s Council on Science and Research and the Academy’s Board of Directors.