SIDM2022: The Future of Diagnosis–15th Annual Conference

The Covid-19 pandemic dramatically changed the lives of millions of people – globally and domestically. The economic, social, and personal challenges exacerbated by the global pandemic highlighted the overwhelming impact and importance of healthcare in our daily lives and strengthened SIDM’s resolve to improving diagnosis in medicine and reducing patient harm.

SIDM was founded for this very purpose.  According to SIDM’s Chief Executive Officer, Jennie Ward-Robinson, PhD, “SIDM was formed by a few courageous leaders who, as visionaries, decided that delivering care without harm was a fundamental right and should be expected by all patients. They activated this belief to form the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, and through its efforts, SIDM has galvanized various resources to convene stakeholder conferences, publish related content and curate policy advocacy – all aimed at improving diagnosis in medicine.”

Coming together as an organization to commemorate the strength and tenacity of our global community and to celebrate the continued work and contribution of our healthcare community reflects SIDM’s commitment to improved diagnosis.   SIDM will convene stronger together at our  15th Annual Conference: The Future of Diagnosis in Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 16-18, 2022.

What’s New in 2022

We are excited to hear diverse, dynamic, and leading voices at this year’s conference.  Speakers will hold critical and complex discussions about disparities and equity in healthcare, the use of technology in diagnosis and its role in healthcare solutions, patient engagement and patient-centered diagnostic care.  Attendees will also learn about late-breaking innovations in diagnostic safety research, practice improvement, and education towards diagnostic excellence. Our 15th Annual Conference will feature:

  • Patient Summit: This year’s summit will feature a new format, modeled after a “hackathon”, featuring real-life examples of diagnostic error. Using these examples, participants will engage in interactive learning and workshop activities to identify ideas for optimal diagnostic solutions. Participants will explore how better-quality outcomes happen when patients are actively involved–as part of their own medical care team, or as partners in system- or organization-level research, policy, and advocacy. The Patient Summit is open to the public.
  • 1st Annual SIDM Awards Dinner & Fundraiser: SIDM2022 will feature the inaugural SIDM Awards Dinner and Fundraiser that will highlight and celebrate those that have made important contributions to the reduction of diagnostic error. The annual Mark L. Graber Diagnostic Quality Award will be presented along with the debut of two new award categories: the Award of Excellence in Patient and Family Engagement and Emerging Leader (“Rising Star”) Award.
  • Film Screening, Color of Care: To kick-off the SIDM2022 conference, we will be hosting an in-person screening of the film The Color of Care. The Color of Care chronicles how people of color suffer from systemically substandard healthcare. Produced by Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions and directed by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning director Yance Ford, the film traces the origins of racial health disparities to practices that began during slavery and continue today. There will be lunch, and a brief panel discussion immediately follow the screening.


 Participants can expect a rewarding experience, including:
  • Clinical content like you’ve never seen before, and practical actions to implement. SIDM 2022, The Future of Diagnosis, will showcase the latest research, information, and insight in identifying ways we can eliminate harm from diagnostic error through education, research, practice improvement, and patient engagement.
  • An opportunity to engage with like-minded people, connect with thought leaders, and gain insights into cutting-edge research.
  • Insights from top leaders in the field of Diagnostic Excellence, including:
    • Rachel R. Hardeman, PhD, MPH: a tenured Associate Professor in the Division of Health Policy & Management at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, the Blue Cross Endowed Professor in Health and Racial Equity, and the Founding Director of the Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity.
    • Kedar Mate, MD: the President and Chief Executive Officer at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), President of the Lucian Leape Institute, and a member of the faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College.
  • A variety of engaging sessions to discuss diagnosis, the role of reasoning in the process, challenges to diagnostic effectiveness, and strategies to make diagnosis more reliable, such as patient engagement, new clinical research, the use of technology, and so much more.

These engaging events will leave you walking away inspired and armed with strategies, new connections, and innovative ideas to move the future of diagnosis excellence forward.

You don’t want to miss this opportunity to engage with patients, researchers, healthcare professionals, graduate- and post-graduate students, as well as representatives of for-profit and non-profit organizations, research institutions, and government agencies.  SIDM2022 seeks to create a space that bridges People, Practice, and Policy to enhance diagnostic safety and quality, reduce harm, and ultimately, ensure better health outcomes for patients.

We look forward to seeing you in Minneapolis!