Seminars & Events of Interest

  • 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

  • Mon
    02
    Mar
    2020

    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 and Jenifer Stelmack

    Description:  The VA Information Resource Center (VIReC) is a key resource for navigating VA's complex data environment. VA clinical care and operations, data stewards, and program offices make numerous data sources available for use in research, quality improvement, and evaluation projects. It can be challenging to know what data are available, navigate process for accessing these data, and comprehend their context and considerations for effective analyses. VIReC meets this challenge by developing and disseminating an array of resources for understanding and working with VA data as well as advocating for data user needs. This session provides an overview of VIReC activities, products, and services along with a tour of the Center’s websites and online resources. By the end of this session, users should be able to 1. Describe VIReC activities and value to the research & quality improvement communities. 2. Understand key VIReC product types and their use in supporting work with VA data. 3. Navigate VIReC’s web environments and locate VIReC resources online. 4. Know where to go for additional questions and customer service.

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

  • Tue
    03
    Mar
    2020

    Integrated Treatment for Veterans with Chronic Pain and Hazardous Opioid Use

    Time:  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Series:  Spotlight on Pain Management

    Speaker:  Kevin Vowles, PhD

    Register to attend Integrated Treatment for Veterans with Chronic Pain and Hazardous Opioid Use

  • 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

  • Thu
    05
    Mar
    2020

    Experiences applying the Expert Recommendations for Implementing Change (ERIC) Strategies Across Seven Large Cooperatives

    Time:  12:00 PM  to 1:00 PM ET

    Series:  QUERI Implementation Network

    Speaker:  Laura Damschroder, MPH and Cynthia Perry, PhD, FNP, FAHA

    Description:  Dr. Cynthia Perry and Laura Damschroder will present their work related to the AHRQ-funded ESCALATES National Evaluation of seven large cooperatives who used implementation strategies to encourage use of evidence-based practices to reduce cardiovascular risk among primary care patients. Reading the following article will be helpful, but not necessary prior to this session. Findings, including recommendations for refinements to the ERIC list of implementation strategies will be presented. Perry, C.K., Damschroder, L.J., Hemler, J.R. et al. Specifying and comparing implementation strategies across seven large implementation interventions: a practical application of theory. Implementation Sci 14, 32 (2019).

    Register to attend Experiences applying the Expert Recommendations for Implementing Change (ERIC) Strategies Across Seven Large Cooperatives

  • Wed
    11
    Mar
    2020

    Introduction to Effectiveness, Patient Preferences, and Utilities

    Time:  2:00 PM  to 3:00 PM ET

    Series:  HERC Cost Effectiveness Analysis Course

    Speaker:  Josephine Jacobs, PhD

    Description:  Cost-effectiveness analysis measures the benefit or health outcome of an intervention in natural units (like a flu episode avoided) or in the quality-of-life improvement, defined by the quality-adjusted life year or QALY. This class will provide an introduction to the concepts of QALYs and preference measurement and will include a description of the most common techniques used for measuring QALYs in economic evaluations.

    Target 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 Introduction to Effectiveness, Patient Preferences, and Utilities

  • Wed
    11
    Mar
    2020

    Aromatherapy and Essential Oils: An Evidence Map

    Time:  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET

    Series:  Spotlight on Evidence Synthesis Program

    Speaker:  Chelsea Ayers, BA; Michele Freeman, MPH; Devan Kansagara, MD, MCR and Benjamin Kligler, MD

    Description:  In this webinar Investigators will provide a broad overview of the effectiveness of aromatherapy and essential oils, and the health conditions for which these interventions have been examined in systematic reviews, in the form of evidence maps. These evidence maps will be used to guide and support decision-making about these treatment modalities in VA.

    Intended Audience: Clinicians, researchers, and administrators across a variety of disciplines, especially those interested in Whole Health efforts in VA.

    Register to attend Aromatherapy and Essential Oils: An Evidence Map

  • Thu
    12
    Mar
    2020

    Chart Abstraction on VINCI: Tools and Services

    Time:  2:00 PM  to 3:00 PM ET

    Series:  VA Informatics and Computing Infrastructure

    Speaker:  Lacey Lewis, MPH

    Description:  The presentation will focus on VINCI annotation services, an overview of chart abstraction terms and methodology, chart abstraction tools, and the ChartReview annotation tool. ChartReview annotation tool is a manual, multi-level annotation tool permitting annotation of both structured and unstructured information from the patient medical record.

    Intended Audience: Researchers and research study teams interested in conducting a chart abstraction project within VINCI.

    Register to attend Chart Abstraction on VINCI: Tools and Services

  • Tue
    17
    Mar
    2020

    Combat Exposure, PTSD, and Head Injuries Differentially Relate to Alterations in Cortical Thickness in Military Veterans

    Time:  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Series:  Mild TBI Diagnosis and Management Strategies

    Speaker:  Ashley Clausen, PhD

    Description: Military personnel serving since the onset of OEF may be subjected to multiple deployments, increasing exposure to combat trauma, and risk of combat-related disorders. Additionally, nearly 20% of service members sustain a head injury during deployment. Understanding how these experiences impact the brain is critical to understand acute and chronic effects of combat experiences. This presentation will provide an overview of studies examining effects of combat exposure, combat-related psychiatric disorders including posttraumatic stress disorder and depression, as well as head injuries may have on cortical thickness.

    Intended Audience: Clinicians and researchers with a foundational or working knowledge related to the effects of combat on mental and neural health.

    Register to attend Combat Exposure, PTSD, and Head Injuries Differentially Relate to Alterations in Cortical Thickness in Military Veterans

  • Wed
    18
    Mar
    2020

    Causes and Consequences of Inappropriate MRI of the Lumbar Spine

    Time:  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Series:  HERC Health Economics Seminar

    Speaker:  Paul Barnett; Josephine Jacobs, PhD and Andrea Nevedal

    Description: Abstract: Our research evaluated inappropriate Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the lumbar spine in VA primary care. We found that past practice can identify primary care providers likely to order inappropriately. Inappropriate scans were associated with more back surgery, more prescription opioid use, higher costs of care, and a higher pain score at follow-up. Qualitative interviews with providers identified the provider and environmental factors associated with low concordance with imaging guidelines.

    Intended Audience: The presentation is intended for health services researchers, providers and managers interested in the de-implementation of this low-value health service.

    Register to attend Causes and Consequences of Inappropriate MRI of the Lumbar Spine

  • Thu
    19
    Mar
    2020

    The use of Acupuncture in Civilian Acute Care Settings: Results from Randomized Trials and Practice Based Research Evaluation

    Time:  12:00 PM ET

    Series:  Complementary and Integrative Health

    Speaker:  Jeffery Dusek, PhD

    Description:  This Cyberseminar will briefly review the evidence for use of acupuncture in acute care settings, followed by review of two randomized trials and two practice based research studies in greater detail. The Cyberseminar will conclude with a question and answer session.

    Intended Audience: Individuals who provide direct patient care (physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and psychologists), administrators, pain specialists and Whole Health practitioners (chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists, meditation trainers and yoga therapists).

    Register to attend The use of Acupuncture in Civilian Acute Care Settings: Results from Randomized Trials and Practice Based Research Evaluation

  • 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

    Description:  CEA Alongside a Clinical Trial Conducting a cost-effectiveness analysis alongside a randomized trial is possible, and with proper planning (and some luck) this approach offers some unique opportunities for health economics research. This presentation describes the steps needed for such an analysis and then walks through the analysis using an example from a multi-site surgical study.

    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 CEA Alongside a Clinical Trial

  • Thu
    02
    Apr
    2020

    An Overview on Hybrid Effectiveness-Implementation Designs

    Time:  1:00 PM  to 2:00 PM ET

    Series:  QUERI Implementation Network

    Speaker:  Geoffrey Curran, PhD

    Description:  The presenters will provide an overview of “hybrid effectiveness-implementation” research designs. The presenters will provide rationale for their use, provide examples of strong designs across the hybrid design continuum, offer recommendations for design specifications, and provide a tool which assists in selecting a hybrid design based on previous findings and current understanding of implementation context.” Learning objectives: Explain the benefits of using hybrid effectiveness-implementation designs. Provide updated guidance on design specifications Describe strong examples of hybrid effectiveness-implementation designs across the continuum (e.g., type 1, 2, Discuss which type of hybrid effectiveness-implementation design is best suited to learners’ research endeavors.

    Register to attend An Overview on Hybrid Effectiveness-Implementation Designs

  • Wed
    08
    Apr
    2020

    Budget Impact Analysis

    Time:  2:00 PM  to 3:00 PM ET

    Series:  HERC Health Economics Seminar

    Speaker:  Todd Wagner, PhD

    Description:  A budget impact analysis (BIA) estimates the cost to a health care system, or other payer, of adopting a new or proposed intervention over 1-3 years. A BIA includes costs of the intervention and the implementation of the new intervention, as well as the downstream costs of healthcare utilization. It is often done alongside a clinical trial to estimate the costs of adoption, should the new intervention be found both clinically effective and cost-effective. This class will provide a framework for the BIA and tools to determine if a BIA is an appropriate economic study to undertake.

    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 Budget Impact Analysis

  • Wed
    06
    May
    2020

    LGBT work at the VA

    Time:  1:00 PM  to 2:00 PM ET

    Series:  Spotlight on Women's Health

    Register to attend LGBT work at the VA

  • 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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