SMDM COVID-19 Modeling Special Committee - Creating a Platform for Collaboration

As part of the Society for Medical Decision Making, the SMDM COVID-19 Modeling Special Committee has created a repository of decision tools and resources for decisionmakers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Decisions relevant to patient and population care, delivery system organization, and policy formulation are all in scope.

Our goal is to provide a method of connecting the needs of diverse decisionmakers to evidence-based decision models which can inform timely response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are defining COVID-19 decision models as quantitative models which allow users to evaluate decisions between multiple alternatives in situations of uncertainty related to the spread of SARS-CoV2, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, or management of COVID-19.

As co-chairs of the Special Committee we are reaching out to Members of SMDM and our broader SMDM community with three requests:

  1. If you are involved with an ongoing decision modeling effort related to COVID-19, we invite you to submit your model to the repository
  2. If you're aware of ongoing decision modeling efforts that are not currently represented in the repository - please send along information about this SMDM repository to these teams or send contact information to our team at so we can reach out directly
  3. Please feel free to distribute information about this repository through your channels (tagging @socmdm), website:

Models which are under development or completed are both welcome.

SMDM seeks to have this website serve as a repository of COVID-19 decision models, to provide a method for comparing the structure and underlying evidence supporting the various modeling efforts, and to connect decisionmakers who have timely clinical or policy questions with members of the decision modeling community whose models may serve their needs.

Please reach out to with any questions or suggestions - or for more information.

This SMDM committee is eager to hear from our SMDM Community as we work together to serve the world around us, during this challenging time.

Gillian Sanders Schmidler (Duke University), Co-Chair
Kathy McDonald (John Hopkins University), Co-Chair
Lisa Prosser (University of Michigan), Co-Chair

Committee Members:
Fernando Alarid-Escudero (Center for Research and Teaching in Economics)
Robert Beck (Fox Chase Cancer Center)
Ava John-Baptiste (Western University)
Mark Roberts (University of Pittsburgh)
Mark Sculpher (University of York)
John Wong (Tufts Medical Center)


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