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 14 from 12:30 – 2:00 PM. $5 USD for Trainees, $20 USD for Mentors. Registration 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.

Tuesday, October 16 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM, free to attend; pre-registration is required.

Career Development Panel: Learning from Failure

Failure is an inevitable part of any career, including research, but is rarely discussed. This year’s Career Development Panel theme, “Learning from Failure” builds on Angie Fagerlin’s 2017 Presidential address where she discussed her early career failures (in a humorous way!).

The panel will bring together SMDM members that are in various stages in their career to discuss the inevitable ups and downs of their careers, and how their “failures” have helped them succeed. We are fortunate that Angie has agreed to moderate this panel, which will include a brief discussion with the panelists, followed by an open question and answer session.

Angie Fagerlin, Ph.D. is Chair of the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Utah. Dr. Fagerlin is Past-President of SMDM, and her research focuses on testing methods for communicating medical data to patients and providers and the development and testing of decision support interventions.

Rebecca Delaney, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Utah. As a life-span developmental psychologist, Dr. Delaney’s research has focused on testing psychosocial factors that impact decision-making processes, health behaviors, and well-being across the lifespan.

Steven Kymes, Ph.D. is a Director of Health Economics and Outcomes Research at Lundbeck Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Kymes is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Washington University School of Medicine where he was the founding director of the Centre for Economic Evaluation in Medicine.

Milton C. Weinstein, Ph.D., is the Henry J. Kaiser Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Weinstein was the sixth president of SMDM, and is best known for his research on cost-effectiveness of medical practices and for developing methods of economic evaluation and decision analysis in health care.

Tuesday, October 16 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM. 

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 conference with the expectation that they will meet and network at the conference. 

Dinners with Experts: Explore the restaurant scene in Montreal 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 will be posted in the coming months.

Sunday, October 14 and Tuesday, October 16. Pre-Registration Required. All dinners are self-pay.



Job Book: Looking for new opportunities? Looking for great candidates? Submit your CV or job posting to the CV/Job book (available electronically). 


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