SMDM 2020 Awards Call For Nominations

Deadline: Friday, February 21, 2020, 5:00 PM ET


Please consider nominating a colleague, mentor, or mentee for an award!
Please ask your mentors or colleagues to nominate you for an award!

Career Achievement Award

The Career Achievement Award recognizes a senior investigator who has made significant contributions to the field of medical decision making. The nominee need not be a member of SMDM.
Please submit a letter of support, and if available, a recent c.v. for the nominee. Please consider highlighting the following in the letter, if applicable:

1. What is their main area(s) of expertise in medical decision making?
2. What are some of their key publications that are highly cited and often referred to in talks or courses?
3. What are the analytic tools, methods or models that they have developed that are widely used or referenced in your area? 
4. What are some of their core ideas, conceptual frameworks or theories and how have they advanced the field of medical decision making?
5. Have they led landmark studies that have shifted our understanding of medical decision making?
6. How has their work impacted your career, or others' careers?

Previous recipients of the Career Achievement Award:  Stephen G. Pauker, MD; Milton C. Weinstein, PhD; Arthur S. Elstein, PhD; Harold C. Sox, MD; Dennis Fryback, PhD; John M. Eisenberg, MD; George Torrance, PhD; Daniel Kahneman, PhD; Jerome P. Kassirer, MD; Joseph S. Pliskin, PhD; Allan Detsky, MD, PhD; David J. Spiegelhalter, PhD; Peter P. Wakker, PhD; Barbara J. McNeil, MD, PhD; Alan Garber, MD, PhD; J. Sanford (Sandy) Schwartz, MD; Howard Raiffa, PhD; Annette O’Connor, RN, PhD, FCAHS; Donald Redelmeier, MD, MSHSR, FRCPC, FACP; Mark Roberts, MD, MPP; Alvin I. Mushlin, MD, ScM; Ivar S. Kristiansen, MD, MPH, PhD; Valerie F. Reyna, PhD; Myriam Hunink, MD, PhD; Murray Krahn, MD, MSc, FRCPC

SMDM Award for Distinguished Service

This award recognizes service to SMDM in terms of leadership, role in the operations of the Society, and contributions to the scientific and educational activities of the Society. The nominee must be a member of SMDM.
Please submit a letter of support, and if available, a recent c.v. for the nominee. Please consider highlighting the following in the letter, if applicable:

1.  What are some of the different ways this person has contributed to the society both formally and informally?  
2.  How has this person helped promote the society to others?  Have they encouraged you and other to get involved?
3.  In what ways has this person made the society stronger and better?

Previous recipients of this award:  Lee B. Lusted, MD; Stephen G. Pauker, MD; Dennis Fryback, PhD; J. Robert Beck, MD; Robert Wigton, MD; Robert Centor, MD; Milton Weinstein, PhD; John Clarke, MD; Michael J. Barry, MD; Margaret Holmes-Rovner, PhD; David Rovner, MD; Sankey Williams, MD; Roy Poses, MD; Arthur Elstein, PhD; Frank A. Sonnenberg, MD; John C. Hershey, PhD; Joel Tsevat, MD, MPH; Bruce E. Hillner, MD; M.G. Myriam Hunink, MD, PhD; Kathryn McDonald, MM; Michael Kattan, PhD; John B. Wong, MD; Mark Helfand, MD, MPH; David Sugano, PhD; Scott B. Cantor, PhD; Mark Eckman, MD; Karen Kuntz, ScD; Anne Stiggelbout, PhD; Marilyn M. Schapira, MD, MPH; Uwe Siebert, MD, MPH, MSc, ScD; Murray Krahn, MD, MSc, FRCPC; Alan Schwartz, PhD

John M. Eisenberg Award for Practical Application of Medical Decision Making Research

This award recognizes sustained leadership in translating medical decision making research into practice, including taking exceptional steps to communicate the principles and/or substantive findings of medical decision making research to policy makers, or clinical decision makers, or the general public. The nominee need not be a member of SMDM.

Please submit a letter of support, and if available, a recent c.v. for the nominee. Please consider highlighting the following in the letter:

1.  What is their main area(s) of expertise in medical decision making?
2.  How have they worked to bring principles and tools of medical decision making into practice?
3.  What impact has their work had on policy, clinical care, and/or patient outcomes?

Previous recipients of this award:  Donald Berwick, MD; Harvey V. Fineberg, MD, PhD; Annette O’Connor, RN, PhD; Hilary Llewellyn-Thomas, RN, PhD; Jeffrey P. Koplan, MD, MPH; John M. Wennberg, MD, MPH; Harold C. Sox, MD; Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making; Sue Goldie, MD, MPH; Douglas Owens, MD, MS; Carolyn M. Clancy, MD; Michael Drummond, PhD; Michael Kattan, PhD; J. Sanford (Sandy) Schwartz, MD; Alan Schwartz, PhD; Ewout W. Steyerberg, PhD; Gillian D. Sanders-Schmidler, PhD; Lisa Prosser, PhD; Stephen Downs, MD, MS

Outstanding Paper by a Young Investigator

This award recognizes outstanding work by a young researcher in medical decision making.  The nominee must be the first author of the paper and within 6 years of their first full-time position after training (however that is defined in country and field of nominee). The paper must have been published (online or in print) in 2019 to be considered for the 2020 award. Papers will be judged for originality and importance. Any dispute about the eligibility of a nominee or paper will be resolved by the Awards Committee.

Please submit a copy of the article preferably in pdf format and a brief letter of support that contains the complete journal citation, year of first full time position of the nominee (and c.v. if available), and a brief paragraph explaining the originality and importance of the paper.

Nominations sought for naming of the Lee B. Lusted Award in Applied Health Economics

SMDM seeks nominations of exceptional candidates who have made contributions in the area of Applied Health Economics (AHE) to have the Lee B. Lusted Student Awards in AHE named after him/her. The honoree will have the sub-award named for him/her for five years. 

Candidates for the AHE sub-award will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

• Made a seminal contribution to the field
• Ongoing contributions/involvement with the Society
• Role in teaching and mentoring

Nominations should be less than one page and should include the nominee's c.v. Please click on the blue button at the top of the page to submit your nomination via the online submission form.

The goal is for the named set of awards to reflect the diversity of our SMDM community as well as the diversity of our research as a Society. There are five categories for the Lee B. Lusted Awards: Decision Psychology and Shared Decision Making, Quantitative Methods and Theoretical Developments, Applied Health Economics, Heath Services and Policy Research, and Patient and Stakeholder Preferences and Engagement.

For the period 2017 - 2022, the Lee B. Lusted Student Award in the Decision Psychology & Shared Decision Making (DEC) category is named in honor of Dr. Margaret Holmes-Rovner.

For the period 2018 - 2023, the Lee B. Lusted Student Award in the Quantitative Methods & Theoretical Developments (QMTD) category is named in honor of Dr. Stephen Pauker.

For the period 2019 - 2024, the Lee B. Lusted Student Award in the Patient and Stakeholder Preferences and Engagement (PSPE) category is named in honor of Dr. Anne Stiggelbout.

Procedure for all nominations: 

Nominations must be received no later than Friday, February 21, 2020 at 5 PM ET.  Please click the blue "Submit Your Nomination" button at the top of this page. You will be asked to complete a brief online nomination form. All nominations must be submitted via the online form. You can upload any supporting documents for your nominee via this form. Please contact Trevor Scholl at with any questions.

Awards will be presented at the 2020 SMDM Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.


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