Seminars & Events of Interest

  • Thu
    17
    Jan
    2019

    The CIHEC Environmental Scan of CIH Services in VA

    12:00 PM  to 1:00 PM ET

    Series:  Complementary and Integrative Health

    Presenters: Melissa Farmer, PhD; Stephanie Taylor, PhD, MPH

    About:  The Complementary and Integrative Health Evaluation Center (CIHEC), a QUERI Partnered Evaluation Initiative with its partners -- the Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation, and its Integrative Health Coordinating Center, are conducting an online comprehensive survey of all VA medical centers and their community-based outpatient clinics, focusing on CIH. Presenters will discuss findings, specifically what CIH treatment options (e.g., yoga, meditation, acupuncture, etc.) medical centers provide and the details of those provisions. Intended Audience: Health services researchers, implementation scientists, clinicians, VA policymakers, administrators, and other interested health professionals interested in learning about the implementation of complementary and integrative health treatment options (a key component of Whole Health).

    Intended Audience: Health services researchers, implementation scientists, clinicians, VA policymakers, administrators, and other interested health professionals interested in learning about the implementation of complementary and integrative health treatment options (a key component of Whole Health).

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  • Wed
    23
    Jan
    2019

    Operations-researcher Integration: Lessons Learned from a Fruitful Partnership

    12:00 PM  to 1:00 PM ET

    Series:  Timely Topics of Interest

    Presenters: Christine Hartmann, PhD; Lynn Snow, PhD

    About:  This first of two related but independent sessions will engage listeners in a discussion about the establishment, growth, and continuation of a decade-long operations-research partnership. Members from the Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care’s Community Living Center (CLC, i.e., nursing home) team will participate in a conversation about the tests, trials, and triumphs of this fruitful partnership. Intended audience: researchers and policy makers.

    Intended Audience:researchers and policy makers

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  • Wed
    23
    Jan
    2019

    Econometrics Course: Introduction & Identification

    2:00 PM  to 3:00 PM ET

    Series:  HERC Econometrics with Observational Data

    Presenters:  Todd Wagner, PhD

    About:  The objective of this class is to introduce participants to the course. We start by briefly describing a randomized trial and the leverage of experimental design to understand causation. We then transition into understanding causal pathways when experimentation isn’t possible. We introduce the concept of endogeneity and walk participants through the elements of an equation, as these equations often come up in other classes. Finally, we discuss the five main assumptions underlying the classic linear model, setting the stage for future classes.

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  • Mon
    28
    Jan
    2019

    Facilitating Quality Improvement at the Frontlines: Lessons Learned from a National Program

    12:00 PM  to 1:00 PM ET

    Series:  Timely Topics of Interest

    Presenters:  Christine Hartmann, PhD; Lynn Snow, PhD

    About:  This second of two related but independent sessions will focus on hurdles and facilitators encountered in a national implementation of a frontline quality improvement program in VA Community Living Centers (CLCs, i.e., nursing homes). We will discuss the evolution from grants to national rollout and current program, engaging listeners in a conversation about the surprises, setbacks, and successes of this ongoing work. Intended audience: all those interested in research and quality improvement at the frontlines of care, including clinicians, researchers, and policy makers.

    Intended Audience:  all those interested in research and quality improvement at the frontlines of care, including clinicians, researchers, and policy makers.

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  • Wed
    30
    Jan
    2019

    Research Design

    2:00 PM  to 3:00 PM ET

    Series:  HERC Econometrics withi Observational Data

    Presenters:  Wei Yu

    About:  This lecture will provide a conceptual framework for research design. We will review the linear regression model and define the concepts of exogeneity and endogeneity. We will then discuss three forms of endogeneity: omitted variable bias, sample selection, and simultaneous causality. The discussion will include examples and a brief overview of possible solutions.

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  • Mon
    04
    Feb
    2019

    Ascertaining Veterans' Vital Status: Data Sources for Mortality Ascertainment and Cause of Death

    1:00 PM  to 2:00 PM ET

    Series:  HERC Econometrics withi Observational Data

    Presenters:  Charles Maynard, PhD

    About:  The materials for this session are not yet available. Please check back later.

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  • Tue
    05
    Feb
    2019

    Battlefield Acupuncture for Pain in the VA: What is it, How Effective is it and How Well is it Being Implemented?

    11:00 AM  to 12:00 PM ET

    Series:  Spotlight on Pain Management

    Presenters:  Stephanie Taylor, PhD, MPH; Steven Zeliadt, PhD

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  • Wed
    13
    Feb
    2019

    Natural Experiments and Difference-in-Differences

    2:00 PM  to 3:00 PM ET

    Series:  HERC Econometrics with Observational Data

    Presenters: Jean Yoon, PhD

    About:  Natural experiments have been increasingly utilized by researchers in recent years. In this lecture, we will define what a natural experiment is and describe different types of natural experiments. We will also provide an overview of the difference-in-differences estimator and discuss how it can be used to evaluate treatment effects in natural experiments. Finally, we discuss potential threats to validity when evaluating natural experiments.

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  • Wed
    20
    Feb
    2019

    Regression Discontinuity

    2:00 PM  to 3:00 PM ET

    Series:  HERC Econometrics with Observational Data

    Presenters: Liam Rose, PhD

    About:  This lecture provides an introduction to regression discontinuity design. We will review seminal applications to gain a conceptual understanding of the benefits and limitations of this design, and how it can allow for causal inference. We will also review how to interpret estimates of RD designs and best practices for implementation.

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  • Wed
    27
    Feb
    2019

    Instrumental Variables

    2:00 PM  to 3:00 PM ET

    Series:  HERC Econometrics with Observational Data

    Presenters: Wei Yu, PhD

    About:  This lecture will provide an introduction to instrumental variables (IV) regression. We will discuss necessary conditions for valid instruments, the intuition for how and why IV regression works, examples, and limitations.

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  • Mon
    04
    Mar
    2019

    Measuring Veterans' Medicare Health Services Use

    1:00 PM  to 2:00 PM ET

    Series:  ViReC Database and Methods Seminar

    Presenters: Kristen de Groot, MPH

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  • Thu
    07
    Mar
    2019
    Sun
    10
    Mar
    2019

    AAPM 35th Annual Meeting

  • Wed
    03
    Apr
    2019
    Sat
    06
    Apr
    2019

    American Pain Society Scientific Meeting 2019

    The American Pain Society will hold its Scientific Meeting April 3-6, 2019, in Milwaukee, WI, with a balance of clinical, translational, and basic science research around the theme of Combating the Opioid Epidemic through Innovations in the Treatment of Pain. This year, APS is excited to introduce new presentation types. Sessions will either be 60-minute cross-disciplinary panels, or rapid 30-minute presentations that showcase the latest research.

    Call for Poster Abstracts has closed.  Learn more by clicking here.

    Location: Milwaukee, WI

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