SMDM 2024 AWARDS: Call for Nominations

The Society for Medical Decision Making would like you to consider nominating a person you feel should be recognized for the qualities outlined below. Nominations are now being accepted through 19 June 2024.

Please nominate individuals that SMDM can celebrate in the following areas:

  1. Outstanding Paper by an Early Investigator

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

  3. The Career Achievement Award

  4. The Award for Distinguished Service

Note: The SMDM Young Scholars Award nomination form will be distributed in July.

Nomination deadline extended: 19 June 2024

How to nominate:

  • Complete the award nomination form.

  • Send the form, along with a letter of support and the candidate’s CV, to

  • Submit a separate nomination form for each candidate you are nominating.

  • Ensure all nominations are received by 19 June 2024.

The Awards Committee requests that letters of support highlight specific achievements and contributions of the nominee that warrant recognition by SMDM. We are committed to inclusivity and aim to reflect the diversity of our field in our recognitions.

Each nomination will be reviewed by the Awards Committee to ensure they meet the criteria for the respective awards. All nominees will be notified of the decisions following the SMDM Board's approval. Award recipients will be honored at the 2024 SMDM Annual Meeting in October.

If you have any questions, please email

2024 Award Nomination Form


Career Achievement Award

The Career Achievement Award recognizes senior investigators who have contributed significantly to the field of medical decision making. Nominees need not be members of SMDM.

Questions to stimulate your thinking about worthy nominees:

  1. In your own research or teaching, whose contributions do you rely on?

  2. How does the nominee’s career demonstrate leadership and impact in the field of medical decision making?

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.

Questions to stimulate your thinking about worthy nominees:

  1. Who comes to mind as a person to call on for help if you need to get something accomplished for SMDM?

  2. Who has gone above and beyond for SMDM?

  3. Who demonstrates efforts to promote a welcoming atmosphere for SMDM?

  4. Who provides unique and vital service(s) for SMDM?

  5. Who do you think demonstrates efforts to promote a welcoming atmosphere or fosters a diverse, inclusive global research culture in our society?

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.

Questions to stimulate your thinking about worthy nominees:

  1. When you come across a good idea in your work or practice, embodying solid medical decision-making principles, who has worked to bring that idea into practice?

  2. Who, for example, successfully informed medical guideline development or implementation of innovative technologies in health care or public health?

  3. This award also addresses mid-career individuals who have demonstrated the impact of their work, for example, impactful diversity and equity research.

Outstanding Paper by a Young Investigator

The award was conceived as a means of recognizing outstanding work and assisting the recipient in the promotion process.

  • The nominee must be the first author of the paper.

  • The nominator must be a member of SMDM.

  • The paper nominated must appear in a peer-reviewed journal with a publication date of 2023. Online journals qualify, provided they are peer-reviewed.*

  • Papers will be judged for their importance and originality.

  • The nomination must include a copy of the article preferably in pdf format, including complete journal citation. A letter of support explaining the importance of the paper is required.

*This award is limited to a paper published in the calendar year prior to the award (journal must be dated in 2023 for the 2024 award). The nominee must be in the first six (6) years of full-time employment after the end of “training”; however, that is defined within the country and field of the nominee.

Questions to stimulate your thinking about worthy nominees:

  1. In the past year, what paper did you notice as being an impressive contribution?

  2. Does this paper make you think, “This person has promise”?

  3. Does this paper make you think, “The addressed topic was critically needed, requires increased attention for sustainable health care, or contributes to DEI research”?

The SMDM Young Scholars Award: Application to be distributed in July 2024

Candidates for this award should have an interest in medical decision making and health policy research. A focus of the award is to increase diversity in the field of Medical Decision Making, including under represented minorities, persons from various countries and regions, persons of color, and persons with experiences that bring unique perspectives to the field are encouraged to apply. Applicants may be students, trainees, or junior faculty across a range of fields or interests in the health care fields. Awardees will be supported with a 1-year SMDM membership and travel to the Annual SMDM meeting.

2024 Award Nominations Form


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