ASNC's Choosing Wisely Challenge 2017

Challenge is now opent!
Join us as we THINK BIG about the future of Nuclear Cardiology and Molecular Imaging

ASNC has launched its 2nd Annual Nuclear Cardiology Choosing Wisely® Challenge—a competition designed by ASNC to help our members:

  • Share your most creative practice innovations and technology solutions; 
  • Support the growth of your specialty. 
  • Earn cash prizes and advance your career
ASNC’s Nuclear Cardiology Choosing Wisely® Challenge builds on the success of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s Choosing Wisely Campaign and its goal to promote conversations between clinicians and patients that help them collaboratively choose care that is supported by evidence, not duplicative of other tests or procedures already received, free from harm and truly necessary. 

Challenge Objectives:
The objective of ASNC’s Nuclear Cardiology Choosing Wisely® Challenge is to identify practice innovations and new technology solutions that support: 
  • Implementation of appropriate use
  • Optimizing radiation dose
  • Enhanced communications with referring clinicians
ASNC will award three prizes based on the most innovative, creative ideas and implementable plans:
1st Prize -  $3,000; 2nd Prize -  $2,500; 3rd Prize - $1,000

The three finalists will be invited to present their solutions to a live viewing audience and an evaluation panel at ASNC2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. All parties submitting agree to pay their own expenses to ASNC17 and underwrite any related presentation materials, should their submission be selected for presentation. 

ASNC will promote the finalists in the ASNC2017 Final Program, in the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology, in media releases, and in ASNC member communications including ASNC’s social media channels.

Participants may be asked at a later date to provide a brief summary and/or video describing their solution, which will be posted publicly on ASNC’s Nuclear Cardiology Choosing Wisely® Challenge portal.

  1. Submissions can be from a single individual, although ASNC strongly encourages innovators to work in teams of a variety of stakeholders. 
  2. The Challenge is open to ASNC members and to non-members who are participating as a team as long as at least one team member is an ASNC member.  If interested participants are not a current ASNC member, they are encouraged to join
Submission Guidelines:  
  1. Submissions are encouraged to be patient centered, team-based projects—e.g., projects delivered by a partnership between industry and an academic lab, a private practice office and a software developer, or a team of researchers working with a lab(s) to demonstrate a novel idea.
  2. Submissions may be in the concept phase or already in practice.  However, they must present an original idea or offer an innovative adaptation or approach to a current application, protocol or procedure that relates directly to Nuclear Cardiology.
  3. All submissions should have evidence of a fully thought out concept or partial execution of concept. Such evidence may include research findings, documentation of time or cost savings, documentation of improved patient safety, a prototype of a program or technology, or any other relevant information.
  4. Submissions should include approaches and ideas that support the Choosing Wisely objectives within one of the following core areas:
  • Development of communication channels with referring physicians to improve rate of appropriate referrals
  • Implementation and use of Appropriate Use Criteria and new patient/test selection technologies which demonstrates reduced rates of inapproperiate imaging in asymptomatic, low risk patients
  • Innovative implementation quality improvement and patient safety tools and resources (i.e. ImageGuide Registry, ASNC guidelines) to enhance outcomes and improve patient safety via appropriate test and protocol selection and criteria; radiation dose optimization, etc.
     5. A submission proposal, not to exceed 1900 words, should contain:
  • List of team members, noting who is an ASNC member
  • Introduction (outline the problem)
  • Solution or proposed solution
  • Outcome measures, such as research findings
  • What was the most interesting or surprising thing you learned in the process?
  • What were / are the major roadblocks or difficulties you faced during the process?
  • How could this process or product change the field of nuclear cardiology?
  • Ideas of how this idea could be implemented elsewhere – scalability 
Submission Deadline: June 30, 2017, Midnight ET. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

You can also send your submissions by email

Awards are based on the most innovative, creative ideas and implementable plans.

Phase 1- Initial Evaluation
  • The Phase 1 Evaluation Panel, announced at a later date, will include a variety of qualified individuals from the ASNC membership. 
  • This panel will be responsible for evaluating all components of each submission. 
  • Judges will select up to 10 semi-finalists and three finalists. 
  • Initial evaluation criteria will be developed by this panel and categories may include originality, strength of design, data, scalability/ease of implementation in other practices, and outcomes measurement.
  • Submissions are private and only seen by relevant ASNC staff and judges.  If a submission is chosen as a semi-finalist, additional material may be requested for further consideration. 
  • The evaluation panel reserves the right to provide mentorship to promising submissions even if not selected for a monetary prize.
    After the finalists’ presentations, winners will be ranked by a combination of voting by the evaluation panel and audience input. The presentations will be awarded based on the most innovative, creative ideas and implementable plans. Further details on the cash prizes and publicity below.
Phase 2- Live Evaluation
  • The live evaluation panel may include some or all members of the Phase 1 Evaluation Panel, as well as additional qualified individuals from various medical and non-medical backgrounds. 
  • After the 3  finalists’ presentations at ASNC17, the finalists will be ranked by a combination of votes by the live evaluation panel and  the audience. 
Evaluation Panel decisions and winner are final, binding, and shall not be subject to appeal or change.
ASNC Staff Contact: Alison Bondurant,, 301-215-7575 ext. 206

Thanks to those that took the 2016 challenge!

Winning submissions will support ASNC’s goal of encouraging the right test for the right patient at the right time and were presented at ASNC2016

1st Place: An Outpatient Pathway for Chest Pain Visits to the Emergency Department Reduces Length of Stay, Radiation Exposure and Is Patient-Centered, Safe and Cost-Effective.
Authors: Felix Krainski, MD, Besiana Liti, DO and William Lane Duvall, MD, FASNC. View proposal
2nd Place: Education to Reduce Rarely Appropriate Myocardial Perfusion Imaging.
Authors: David E. Winchester, MD, FASNC, David C. Wymer, MD,
Anita Wokhlu, MD, Vicente Taasan, MD, Christian Helfrich, PhD, Susan Stinson, RN, and Rebecca J. Beyth, MD, MSc. View proposal
3rd Place: Revision of Order Entry for Myocardial Perfusion Imaging.
Author: Erica Cohen, DO, MPH. View proposal 

FACULTY: Raymond R. Russell, III, MD, PhD, FASNC
JUDGES: Renee Bullock-Palmer, MD, FASNC John Held, ABIM Foundation Todd D. Miller, MD Maria G. Sciammarella, MD