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SMDM Core Short Course Certificate Program 2024

SMDM offers a Certificate of Completion to individuals who complete all four of the SMDM Core Courses. The SMDM Core Course Curriculum is an initiative of the Society to provide introductory-level Core Courses in foundational aspects of medical decision making, resulting in a Certificate of Completion provided to those who complete the Core Course Curriculum.  Four Core Courses complete the curriculum and will be offered in April 2024 as indicated below.  Those completing the 4 Core Courses should request their certificate directly from Info@SMDM.org, and there is no fee to receive your certificate when earned.  If you have already taken one or more of the Core Courses, complete the series and get your certificate this year.  The Core Course program will be not be offered again until September, 2025, so register today!

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Show and Tell

This is an opportunity to share something that you’re excited about (e.g., a paper, data set, outrageous social media post, or person) with a group of similarly minded pediatric medical decision making researchers. Show and tell is intended to be an informal session build camaraderie, learn about others’ research, and share interesting ideas; there’s nothing you need to prepare in advance or read. Come as you are! If you’re not feeling inspired to share, you’re welcome to attend and just listen.

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Virtual Short Course: Metamodeling for Simulation Based Optimization of Strategies in Health Care

November 9, 10-1:30 ET

This course will cover the basics of metamodeling using R software. Its added value, and the practical steps for developing and applying metamodels will be discussed and demonstrated. This includes the identification of metamodeling techniques, simulation of data for metamodel training/testing, metamodel fitting/validation, use of a metamodel for optimization, and result verification. A single case study is used in several hands-on exercises, using metamodels to optimize a screening program. R is used for all exercises and ready-to-use scripts are provided, to apply the presented concepts in practice.

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Virtual Short Course: Cohort Modeling in R

December 13, 10-1:30 ET

Cohort state transition models (cSTM), often called Markov models, are frequently used to inform policy makers about how to allocate healthcare resources under constrained budgets. In thiscourse we will teach participants how to integrate different components of a cSTM within a single framework using R. We will first give a conceptual overview of cSTMs and the general structure for their implementation in a programming language. This will be followed by a brief review of good coding practices and how to structure your code in an efficient, transparent and reproducible way. We will demonstrate a cSTM in R, followed by hands-on exercises that will help participants implement a cSTM in R. We will also demonstrate how to conduct a cost-effectiveness analysis(CEA)and how to calculate and visually present epidemiological and health economic outcomes using the cSTM. We will shortly cover the implementation of probabilistic sensitivity analysis (PSA)of a cSTM in R.

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Member Stories

Heather Taffet Gold, PhD
Heather Taffet Gold, PhD

"While my research is more methodological, I fully appreciate the exposure to clinical applications I get at SMDM."

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