2019 Lunchtime Sessions
Grab a quick bit to eat and then join us for our lunchtime sessions at the 2018 SER Annual Meeting!
DAG Hack-a-thon: Crowdsourcing DAG development with an example from reproductive epidemiologySession Chair(s): Matthew Fox, Ellie MurrayDate: 2019-06-19 Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmLocation:
Since publication of the groundbreaking 2001 paper by Greenland, Robins and Pearl, Directed Acyclic Graphs (DAGs) have grown in popularity within epidemiology. They have been instrumental in distinguishing between types of biases and in deciding whether or not to adjust for variables in particular analyses. It is often said that DAGs improve science by making assumptions explicit. In theory, this allows the research community to debate the merits of the proposed DAG, improving confidence in research results when the DAG is agreed upon, or leading to improved analyses when disagreements persist. However, in practice, there is little large-scale debate on the structure of DAGs within epidemiologic subfields. This may be because there is currently very little guidance on how to develop DAGs in a way that is open and transparent, and that gathers together expert opinion to aid a larger research community. As a field, we need methods for generating DAGs that distill the generally held understanding of the research community and key stakeholders. Ultimately, such DAGs could even be combined into an editable repository that can adapt as knowledge improves and which is readily available to all for comment. Towards that end, we will conduct an hour long, lunchtime working (hack-a-thon) session in which we use those in the room to develop a DAG around questions about birth spacing. While we will use this topic to demonstrate the approach, the intent is to demonstrate a way to develop DAGs that is transparent and acknowledges areas where the scientific community disagrees to help in agenda setting. The session leaders will begin the session with some proposed examples to describe the problem. We will invite audience members to contribute their knowledge to critiquing the DAG, contributing new variables and arrows deemed important and to do real-time searching in the literature to identify literature that supports or refutes arrows proposed for the DAG. Audience members do not need to be familiar with birth spacing research to participate in the session. However, we encourage those interested in learning more to attend the session “Good epi, bad epi: Is short birth spacing really that bad?”
Session Chairs:Matthew Fox, Boston UniversityEllie Murray, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Early Stage Investigators - Hone your soft skills and own the job marketSession Chair(s): Timothy Lash, Lauren McCulloughDate: 2019-06-19 Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmLocation:
“As a growing number of people with similar talents and education compete for the same jobs…soft skills become the differentiating factor separating one person from another” (Smith, 2011). Epidemiologists are well-trained in the knowledge and skills of the profession, yet have few opportunities to learn the soft skills that will most influence their career advancement. This workshop’s objectives are to introduce the importance of soft skills for career success, provide initial training in three soft skills, and suggest tools for self-study. The three soft skills will be: (a) introducing yourself (the “who am I” elevator pitch), (b) planning and time management, and (c) negotiation. For each, we will explain the importance of the skill for career advancement and conduct an exercise to initiate learning about the skill. The workshop will end with a description of additional soft skills, the reasons they are important, and resources for self-learning after the workshop concludes.
Session Chairs:Timothy Lash, Emory UniversityLauren McCullough, Emory University
Student and Faculty Recruitment FairSession Chair(s): Date: 2019-06-19 Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmLocation: Skyway AB
In an attempt to give students and job applicants a structured opportunity to interact with doctoral programs and potential employers, SER has set aside an hour for Doctoral Programs and Potential Employers to meet with Prospective Students to learn more about the programs and Job Applicants to meet with those who are recruiting in a dedicated room.
The Art and Science of Peer ReviewSession Chair(s): Hailey BanackDate: 2019-06-19 Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmLocation:
Journal editors rely on peer reviews to critically assess the suitability of submitted manuscripts for publication. However, writing a good peer review is a skill that is not often formally taught in epidemiology programs. Although the content of any peer review is based on science, there is an art to writing a good peer review. This lunch-time panel discussion will feature journal editors and researchers with peer review expertise. The aim of the session is to discuss the components of a good peer review (i.e., what to include, what not to include), how to get involved in the peer review process, the value of doing peer reviews, and other relevant topics.
Session Chairs:Hailey Banack, University at Buffalo
Presenters:Allen Wilcox, National Institute of Enviornmental Health SciencesSunni Mumford, National Institute of Enviornmental Health SciencesJay Kaufman, McGill UniversityJustin Lessler, JHSPH
"Who wants to be an Epidemiologist?" GameshowSession Chair(s): Ian ShrierDate: 2019-06-20 Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmLocation:
This is the 3rd edition of Who wants to be an epidemiologist? A contestant from the audience chooses from one of the four possible answers to each question. The 3 judges will then explain the correct and incorrect answers. Contestants choosing the correct answer continue to play or they are replaced by another audience member. Each contestant has three “lifelines” (ask the audience, ask a friend, 50-50 choice). To increase edutainment, we include controversial questions with more than one correct answer, but only one “official” best answer. Contestants can challenge questions but if they are incorrect (i.e. an inappropriate challenge), the contestant is replaced with another audience member. To maximize participation, audience members may challenge a contestant’s answer. If correct, the audience member becomes the new contestant, or gets to choose which other audience member will become the new contestant. Other surprises await.
Session Chairs:Ian Shrier, McGill University
Discussants:Jay Kaufman, McGill UniversitySonja Swanson, Eramus Medical CenterKatherine Keyes, Columbia University
Career pathways for masters-level epidemiologistsSession Chair(s): Erin Bowles, Rachel RossDate: 2019-06-20 Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmLocation:
This session will highlight potential career opportunities for epidemiologists with a master’s degree. This career panel will include 4 masters-level professionals who are current SER members and actively using epidemiology in their daily work. The panelists will give a brief overview of their career pathways, their work, and potential career paths for masters-level epidemiologists in their work setting. The overview will be followed by a facilitated Q&A session. This session is open to all members. We hope it will highlight the value of masters-level professionals to epidemiology research, and encourage an untapped group of potential new members to join and feel welcome at SER.
Session Chairs:Erin Bowles, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research InstituteRachel Ross, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Presenters:Janis Breeze, "Masters-level career an academic medical center"Tess Gilbert, "Masters-level career at the VA"Christopher Lee, "Masters-level career at a public health department"Dana Hollins, "Masters-level career at a consulting company"
SER goes international - Epidemiology in ChileSession Chair(s): Veronica IglesiasDate: 2019-06-20 Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmLocation:
The purpose of this symposium is to offer a review of epidemiological research developed in Chile in the last 20 years. We will show a panorama of the efforts in advanced training in epidemiology developed in the School of Public Health (Verónica Iglesias) and focus on epidemiological research carried out on cardiovascular diseases (Carolina Nazzal), environmental epidemiology (Karla Yohannessen) and obesity preventive policies (Cristóbal Cuadrado). We aim at identifying areas of common interest and possibilities for academic collaboration.