Seminars & Events of Interest

  • Mon
    09
    Dec
    2019

    Meet VIReC: The Researcher's Guide to VA Data

    Time:  1:00 PM  to 2:00 PM ET

    Series:  VIReC Database and Methods Seminar

    Speaker:  Maria Souden, PhD, MSI

    Register to attend Meet VIReC: The Researcher's Guide to VA Data

  • Mon
    09
    Dec
    2019

    USUHS Health Services Research Program Presents: Working with DaVINCI (sponsored by the VA)

    Time:  9:00 AM  to 3:00 PM ET

    Description:  Analysis of large datasets shows great promise for addressing health services research questions, but also poses challenges for users, particularly in tracking patients across the military (MHS) and veterans’ (VA) health systems. In response, the MHS and VA have begun a cooperative effort named the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Infrastructure for Clinical Intelligence (DaVINCI) project, to share clinical source data between the two systems. This workshop, hosted by USU's Health Services Research Program (HSRP), introduces researchers to the source data used in DaVINCI, enabling researchers to identify strengths and weaknesses of the joint VA and DoD system and how they can use it to further their research efforts. The class is taught by subject matter experts from Kennell and Associates, sponsored by the VA. There is no registration fee for the event.

    Link to USUHS DaVINCI Training Agenda December 9, 2019

    Link to participate remotely December 9, 2019:  https://usuhs.adobeconnect.com/DaVinci

    Telephone number to dial in to USUHS DaVINCI Training on December 9, 2019: 1-218-862-6818

    PIN number for USUHS DaVINCI Training December 9, 2019: 6331854#

  • Thu
    12
    Dec
    2019

    VINCI Compliance

    Time:  2:00 PM  to 3:00 PM ET

    Series:  VA Informatics and Computing Infrastructure

    Speaker:  Deborah Eddy, BS

    Description:  The VINCI staff is dedicated to protecting patient data. The procedures research teams must follow to comply with Federal and agency data privacy regulations will be covered in depth.

    Intended Audience:  Recommended for current or prospective members of the VINCI community; a general understanding of the VINCI workspace is assumed.

    Register to attend VINCI Compliance

  • Mon
    16
    Dec
    2019

    How To Start and Run a Writing Community

    Time:  1:00 PM  to 2:00 PM ET

    Series:  Communication Strategies for Health Services Researchers

    Speakers:  Traci Abraham, PhD; Gemmae Fix, PhD; Alison Hamilton, PhD, MPH

    Description:  Dread writing? Have writer’s block? Looking for a community to motivate you and increase your productivity? In this CyberSeminar, learn about developing a writers’ group and engaging in activities that can strengthen your dedication to writing. The presenters will share strategies on how they fostered writers’ groups at their respective HSR&D COINs.

    Intended Audience:  Anyone interested in building a personal writing practice or developing a writing community.

    Register to attend How To Start and Run a Writing Community

  • Tue
    21
    Jan
    2020

    Conducting Cost-Effectiveness Analysis with VA Data

    Time:  TBD

    Series:  HERC Health Economics Seminar

    Speaker:  Douglas Owens, MD, MS

    Description:  Course Abstract: The purpose of this course is to introduce researchers to conducting cost-effectiveness analyses and budget impact analyses of healthcare interventions in VA. Cost-effectiveness and budget impact analyses are two types of decision analysis techniques. Cost-effectiveness is a method to assess the comparative impact of different interventions on cost and health effect. The information produced by a cost-effectiveness analysis can be used by decision makers in allocating scarce healthcare resources to interventions that provide the most health benefit per dollar spent. Budget impact analyses serve as a complement to cost-effectiveness analyses. In the likely event that an intervention is cost-effective but not cost-saving, a budget impact analysis can provide decision makers with estimates of the budget and sub-budget impacts of the intervention. Therefore, a cost-effectiveness analysis is used to determine whether an intervention is high-value and a budget impact analysis is used to determine whether an intervention is affordable. This HERC course will provide an overview of the decision analysis landscape, as well as fully explicate methods to operationalize cost-effectiveness and budget impact analyses.

    Intended Audience:  This course is primarily designed for researchers who would like an introduction to methods of cost-effectiveness analysis and budget impact analysis as applied to health services and medicine.

    Register to attend Conducting Cost-Effectiveness Analysis with VA Data

  • Mon
    27
    Jan
    2020

    Grant Writing, session 1: How and what to cut: A primer on editing your own work

    Time:  1:00 PM  to 2:00 PM ET

    Series:  Communication Strategies for Health Services Researchers

    Speaker:  Christine Hartmann, PhD

    Description:  Self-editing has been called “killing your darlings” because it’s difficult to edit your own writing. This session assimilates knowledge from books and courses into a primer on how to trim, where to begin, and why practice makes perfect.

    Intended Audience:  These sessions are designed to benefit everyone: emerging investigators, junior faculty, fellows, study staff, policy makers, administrators, experienced grant writers, etc. All are welcome to participate and share insights.

    Register to attend Grant Writing, session 1: How and what to cut: A primer on editing your own work

  • Wed
    29
    Jan
    2020

    An Overview of Decision Analysis

    Time:  2:00 PM  to 3:00 PM ET

    Series:  HERC Health Economics Seminar

    Speaker:  Liam Rose, PhD

    Register to attend An Overview of Decision Analysis

  • Wed
    05
    Feb
    2020

    Estimating the Cost of an Intervention

    Time:  2:00 PM  to 3:00 PM ET

    Series:  HERC Health Economics Seminar

    Speaker:  Todd Wagner, PhD

    Register to attend Estimating the Cost of an Intervention

  • Wed
    12
    Feb
    2020

    VA Pharmacy Costs

    Time:  2:00 PM  to 3:00 PM ET

    Series:  HERC Health Economics Seminar

    Speaker:  Mark Bounthavong, PhD, PharmD, MPH

    Register to attend VA Pharmacy Costs

  • Mon
    24
    Feb
    2020

    Grant Writing, session 2: Tips from experts on how (and how not) to write

    Time:  1:00 PM  to 2:00 PM ET

    Series:  Communication Strategies for Health Services Researchers

    Speaker:  Christine Hartmann, PhD

    Description:  Innovative content is half your battle—the other half is polishing your story. Using tips gathered from a survey of experienced, successful grant writers and others, this session teaches how to make your ideas and writing shine.

    Intended Audience:  These sessions are designed to benefit everyone: emerging investigators, junior faculty, fellows, study staff, policy makers, administrators, experienced grant writers, etc. All are welcome to participate and share insights.

    Register to attend Grant Writing, session 2: Tips from experts on how (and how not) to write

  • Wed
    26
    Feb
    2020

    VA Costs: HERC versus MCA

    Time:  2:00 PM  to 3:00 PM ET

    Speaker:  Jean Yoon, PhD

    Register to attend VA Costs: HERC versus MCA

  • Wed
    26
    Feb
    2020
    Sun
    01
    Mar
    2020

    AAPM - American Academy of Pain 36th Annual Meeting

    Date:  February  26 - March 1, 2020

    Location:  Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD, 20745

    Description:  Join AAPM for the must-attend pain medicine meeting of the year for all clinicians treating patients in pain.  Learn from leading experts in the field, network, and hear about the latest scientific and technical advancements in pain.

    Click here to register to attend the AAPM 36th Annual Meeting

  • Wed
    04
    Mar
    2020

    Medical Decision Making and Decision Analysis

    Time:  2:00 PM  to 3:00 PM ET

    Series:  HERC Economics Seminar

    Speaker:  Jeremy Goldhaber-Fiebert, PhD

    Register to attend Medical Decision Making and Decision Analysis

  • Mon
    23
    Mar
    2020

    Grant Writing, session 3: How to organize your writing for maximum impact

    Time:  1:00 PM  to 2:00 PM ET

    Series:  Communication Strategies for Health Services Researchers

    Speaker:  Christine Hartmann, PhD

    Description:  Organized writing is easy to digest and believe. This session teaches key concepts for organizing your writing. It uses examples and live interaction to teach how to create “cognitive ease” for your reader and elevate your writing to the next level.

    Intended Audience:  These sessions are designed to benefit everyone: emerging investigators, junior faculty, fellows, study staff, policy makers, administrators, experienced grant writers, etc. All are welcome to participate and share insights.

    Register to attend Grant Writing, session 3: How to organize your writing for maximum impact

  • Wed
    25
    Mar
    2020

    CEA Alongside a Clinical Trial

    Time:  2:00 PM  to 3:00 PM ET

    Series:  HERC Health Economics Seminar

    Speaker:  Todd Wagner, PhD

    Register to attend CEA Alongside a Clinical Trial

  • Wed
    01
    Apr
    2020

    Budget Impact Analysis

    Time:  2:00 PM  to 3:00 PM ET

    Series:  HERC Health Economics Seminar

    Speaker:  Todd Wagner, PhD

    Register to attend Budget Impact Analysis

  • Tue
    08
    Sep
    2020
    Sat
    12
    Sep
    2020

    PAINWeek Conference - The National Conference on Pain for Frontline Practitioners

    Date:  September  8 - September 12, 2020

    Location:  The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

    Description:  Pain week is the largest US pain conference for frontline clinicians with an interest in pain management.

    Description:  PAINWeek 2020 offers a multidisciplinary faculty and diverse curriculum in the following course concentrations: acute, behavioral, and interventional pain management; chronic pain syndromes; medical/legal issues; neurology; palliative care; and pharmacotherapy, along with over 30 Special Interest Sessions. Full-day programs will be presented by the American Headache Society, the International Pelvic Pain Society, and the International Myopain Society.

    Click here to register to attend the PAINWeek Conference.

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