Career Development Activities

Trainee Lunch: During the trainee lunch, trainees and mentors will have an opportunity to informally connect over lunch to share career development advice or discuss research interests.  Following lunch, there is a “speed networking” event where trainees meet with a mentor in small groups for a short period of time (~5 min) and then rotate to a new mentor. Trainees meet 5-6 mentors in total during this activity and it is an excellent opportunity for attendees to initiate a discussion with a broad group of experts and others who have similar interests.

Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 12:30 – 2:00 PM (Mt. Hood/Mt. St. Helens Room).  Cost is $5 USD for all attendees. Registration is required.

Career Development Workshop: Preparing for the Job Market: This workshop will give trainees a chance to obtain constructive feedback from mentors on a specific topic. Mentees will have an opportunity to have mentors review their CV, cover letters or other job market materials and obtain feedback. Mentors will also be available to provide feedback on an elevator pitch and help trainees craft a succinct introduction about themselves and their career goals.

Monday, October 21, 2019 from 12:30- 1:25 PM (Oregon Room), free to attend; pre-registration is required.

Trainee Happy Hour
Monday, October 21, 2019: 5:30 – 7:00 PM

Please join us at the hotel bar, Gather Food & Drink, to meet and connect with other SMDM trainees. This will be an informal networking event. All beverages are self-pay.

Career Development Public Speaking Workshop

Do you want to become a better public speaker? This workshop brings together three of SMDM’s best presenters to share their tips and tricks on how to deliver clear, compelling, and effective presentations. This session is targeted to all SMDM attendees, from trainees to those in mid-career or higher, and will include brief presentations and an open discussion period.


Channing Tate, MPH

Ms. Tate is a PhD Candidate in Health and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Colorado, Denver and the Program Manager for the Colorado Program for Patient Centered Decisions. Her research interests include health disparities, end-of-life care, and the aging population.


Ankur Pandya, PhD

Dr. Pandya is an assistant professor of health decision science in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. His areas of interest include applied decision science studies, connecting cost-effectiveness analysis with value-based health policies and methodological topics within disease simulation modeling.

Laura Scherer, PhD
Dr. Scherer is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado, Denver. Her research seeks to understand how people form health-related preferences, decide to seek healthcare or not, and engage in shared decision making.

Davene Wright, PhD
Dr. Wright is an assistant professor in the Department of Population Medicine at the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute and Harvard Medical School. Her research aims to improve the supply of and demand for efficient health care that can improve the management of pediatric chronic diseases. In her work, she utilizes conjoint analysis, economic evaluation, simulation modeling, and health services research methods.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 12:30 – 1:20 PM (Mt. Hood/Mt. St. Helens Ballroom).

One-To-One Mentoring Program: Our one-to-one mentoring sessions at the Annual Meeting offer the opportunity for new meeting attendees, trainees, junior faculty, and others to meet and get advice from established members of the Society in an informal setting. Mentees are matched with mentors based on common research interests and often discuss career development issues, tips on navigating the conference, pathways to success in the field of medical decision-making, advice and insight about professional development, or how to become more active in the Society. 

Mentors and Mentees will be paired prior to the meeting with the expectation that they will meet and network at the meeting. Keep an eye out for an email to sign up!

Dinners with Experts: Explore the restaurant scene in Portland and enjoy a relaxed discussion among a group of junior and senior members with similar interests! One or more individuals can host these dinners. Lists of restaurants will be provided and sign up will be coordinated online by SMDM. More information and a sign-up form will be posted in the coming months.

Sunday, October 20, 2019 (8:30 PM) and Tuesday, October 22, 2019 (7:30 PM). Pre-Registration Required. All dinners are self-pay.