SPC President’s Message

Happy New Year and I hope this finds you all well!

First, a big Thank You to the SPC members who participated in our fall member survey! We had nearly 150 responses, gathering much valuable feedback on SPC programming and the needs of student and postdoc members within SER.

Kick off 2020 by renewing your SER membership! Many of our members report paying out-of-pocket for SER membership. We work hard to keep the membership rate as low as possible, and our rate is much lower than the student rate for many other professional society memberships. Students and post-docs qualify for a discounted membership rate of $35 (does not include journal access).

Hopefully you are planning to attend the 2020 SER annual meeting, to be held in Boston on June 16-19, 2020. The SPC will again be sponsoring events designed to help your professional growth, including speed networking and breakfast with the experts, and encourage you to meet other early career epidemiologists, through our SPC social event. Finding funding to travel can be tough for our members…did you know that you can receive complementary registration by signing up to volunteer at the meeting? Spaces are limited, so plan to sign up to volunteer in March.

Because not all of our members are able to travel to the annual meeting, we strive to provide quality digital programming throughout the year. We have several upcoming seminars – including online journal club and career development webinar…please stay tuned for announcements on dates/times for these events. The Spring SERdigital will be held on 18-March-2020 from 12-1:30p EST and the topic will be Reliability and Validity of Systems Science Models in Epidemiology. Registration will be available on the SER website soon – and you can encourage your department to throw a “viewing party” where interested students and faculty can watch together. These digital events are always free to SER members – just another benefit of membership! And of course don’t forget the online 2020 Mid Year Meeting on 6-March-2020 from 9a-1p MST.

As always, please feel free to reach out to me or other SPC board members, with questions, suggestions, and feedback.

Dana K Pasquale, MPH, PhD

2019-2020 SER-SPC President