In October, the CHDS Novartis Fund made awards to three decision science doctoral students to enable them to attend the 44th Annual North American Meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM) in Seattle, WA.
Fourth year PhD student Lily Hsieh and third year PhD students Ye Shen and Radhika Tampi presented some of their research at the conference and attended interactive short courses to learn more about advanced decision analytic methods and novel research areas. Shen presented her co-authored poster with Dr. Sung Choi and Dr. Davene Wright, titled “Economic Evaluation of Expanding Dental Workforce in Dental Professional Shortage Areas in the US”. Hsieh presented a poster entitled, “The Loss in Health Outcomes Produced by Adopting Heuristic Approaches for Dichotomizing Diagnostic Tests”.
CHDS affiliates taught many short courses at the conference, including “Causal Inference and Causal Diagrams in Medical Decision Making Using Big Real World Observational Data and Pragmatic Trials”, led by Professor Uwe Siebert, CHDS adjunct faculty and past-president of SMDM, as well as “Advanced Computation of Value of Information Measure to Determine Optimal Research Design”, led by Anna Heath and Natalia Kunst, a former Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute.
The Novartis Fund has provided generous support to CHDS and decision science students for many years, for which we are grateful.