Dear SMDM Members and Colleagues:
Thanks to the enthusiastic participation of many of our SMDM members, the 42nd Annual Meeting was a huge success! We are now asking the SMDM community to continue this momentum by proposing symposia for the SMDM 43rd Annual Meeting to be held virtually, October 18-20, 2021.
The theme for the 2021 North American Annual Meeting is ‘From the Individual to Society: How Systems and Societal Factors Shape Health Care Decisions’. 2020 has demonstrated an urgent need for research on how systemic and societal factors influence the health of individuals. Our annual meetings are an outlet for research that addresses our society’s mission, to advance research in medical decision making and improve health outcomes. As an international society we work together to learn from differences in behaviors and policies from around the world. We are currently inviting submissions for symposia that directly address the 2021 meeting theme: How Systems and Societal Factors Shape Health Care Decisions. We are looking for thought-provoking symposia with widespread appeal to SMDM members. Proposals will be evaluated on content, relationship to theme, and geographic, demographic, and stakeholder diversity in the speakers. Nontraditional formats are welcome.
Your input into this process will be invaluable to the Planning Committee. Submissions will be accepted until Friday, March 26, 2021, at 5 PM ET. The Planning Committee will make symposia selections and notify all applicants by Friday, April 30 2021.
Negin Hajizadeh, MD, MPH
Victoria Shaffer, MA, PhD
SMDM 43rd Annual Meeting Co-Chairs