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This is the blog for the book Medical Decision Making: A Physician's Guide, by Alan Schwartz and George Bergus (Cambridge University Press, 2008). The book is now available from Cambridge University Press

About the Authors:

Alan Schwartz, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Medical Education and Pediatrics at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, where he teaches and conducts research on physician and patient decision making.

George Bergus, M.D., M.A. is the Dr. William and Sondra Myers Family Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, and Co-Director of the Family Practice/Psychiatry Residency program. He holds a Certificate of Additional Qualification in Geriatrics.



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Annual meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making

August 26th, 2007 by Alan Schwartz

The 29th annual meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM) will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA on October 24-27, 2007. All the relevant detail can be found at

This is the meeting to attend if you’re interested in medical decision science; presentations typically focus on clinical applications, methodological advances in decision and cost-effectiveness analysis, psychology of medical decision making, and other key topics in clinical and health policy decision science. There are also excellent short courses in the days before the meeting, providing education on MDM topics at a variety of levels (including a course on problem solving for medical educators by George, Frank Kee, and I).

Helpful tip for newcomers to SMDM: You may well find your first meeting overwhelming. The presentations tend to be at a high level and can intimidate people who are just starting to explore medical decision making. Expect this and don’t worry about it. You’ll get a lot of interesting new ideas from your first meeting, and you’ll find that a lot will “click” if you return the following year.

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