43rd Annual North American Meeting


The Society for Medical Decision Making is soliciting proposals for short courses to be held in September and October 2021 in advance of the 43rd Annual Meeting, which will be a virtual event.

SMDM encourages short course proposals in the areas of 1) Decision Psychology and Shared Decision Making; 2) Applied Health Economics; 3) Health Services, Outcomes and Policy Research; 4) Quantitative Methods and Theoretical Developments; and 5) Patient and Stakeholder Preferences and Engagement. In addition to short courses that serve our core themes, we strongly encourage the submission of short course proposals that support the Annual Meeting theme, From the Individual to Society: How Systems and Societal Factors Shape Health Care Decisions.

Submit your short course proposal submission form to Diane Nickolson at DNickolson@SMDM.org no later than  Friday, May 28, 2021 at 11:59 PM EDT. All submissions will be reviewed by the short course co-chairs and notifications will be sent out in July 2021.


1. Title: Should be brief and should clearly indicate the content of the course. Abbreviations may not be used in proposal titles.

2. Contact Information: First name, last name, department, institution, street address, city, state, country, phone number, and a valid email address are required for the course director and all other course faculty. If a faculty member does not have an institutional affiliation, indicate their city, state/province, and country.

3. Organization of the body of the proposal as follows:
    • Course Description and Objectives: (300 words or less) Provide a brief description of the course, and describe, in bulleted format, the objectives of the course.
    • Background: (150 words or less) Provide a brief description of the skills taught in this course and how they are used.
    • Format and Requirements: (150 words or less) Describe the format of the class and include any prerequisites for participation, especially for intermediate and advanced level courses.
    • Course Level: Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced
    • Course Limit (if any): Maximum number of attendees
    • Course Type: Full day or Half day

4. Formatting:
• Single space all text with one space between paragraphs.
• Do not use underlining or capitalization for emphasis.


1. Virtual short courses will be presented in September and October 2021, prior to the Annual Meeting. Course may be presented on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday at 11 AM EDT (8 AM PDT/9 AM MDT/10 AM CDT/ 5 PM GMT). Courses that are designed to support the meeting theme will be offered during the week directly preceding the Annual Meeting. Course faculty will also be asked to provide digital copies of their course materials to participants (e.g., slides, reference lists).

2. All faculty must disclose conflicts of interest or perceived conflicts of interests at the time of course. Faculty will be asked to include a slide at the beginning of the course disclosing potential conflicts of interest or stating that there were no conflicts.

3. For compliance with Continuing Medical Education (CME) rules, all materials used in live programs and enduring formats must adhere to the following requirements:

     • Educational materials that are part of a CME activity cannot contain any advertising, trade name, or product-group message. (2004 ACCME SCS 4.3).
     • Use of product brand names is not permitted.
     • Use of trademarks or registered service marks for any organization without their permission (except for clinical citations) will not be permitted. This includes but is not limited to the following examples: American Society of Clinical Oncology®, ASCO®, American Society of Hematology®, ASH®, San Antonio Breast Conference Symposium®, SABCS®, American Society of Microbiology®, ASM®, ICAAC®, DDW®, AASLD®, AGA®, ASGE®, SSAT®. A trademark can only be used to describe an event (e.g., Colorectal Cancer Report from the 40th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology). These trademarks must be used as narrowly as possible to avoid any confusion that the activity is sponsored by or associated in any way with such organizations or their events.
     • Objectivity and fair balance means that recommendations or emphasis must fairly represent, and be based on, a reasonable and valid interpretation of the information available on the subject (e.g., "On balance the data support the following.."). A balanced view of therapeutic options also means that no single product or service is over-represented in the educational activity when other equal but competing products or services are available for inclusion.
     • For slide presentations and print materials each slide or key teaching point must state the kind of trial that demonstrates the data being discussed. Slides are not required to state, for example, "Level 1 evidence" (although it is acceptable to include it), but slides are required to include a statement, for example, "Systematic review of 35 RCTs..." or "Case-controlled trial..." that supports what is being discussed and presented within each slide. This is a conventional approach in the tradition of evidence-based medicine and may be viewed at the Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine.


Accepted courses with fewer than 10 enrollees one week before they are scheduled to be presented will be considered for cancellation unless the course is a “Priority Course”. SMDM “Priority Courses” consist of core courses, courses that were designed to meet grant criteria and courses that align with the meeting theme or SMDM strategic priorities. In the event a course is cancelled, the course faculty will have an opportunity to instead present the course at a later date.

Please e-mail any short course questions to Info@SMDM.org.



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