Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine Annual Conference Goes Virtual

The Society to improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) is hosting the Diagnostic Error in Medicine 13th Annual International Conference (SIDM2020) virtually on October 19-21, 2020. The theme of the conference is Transforming Education and Practice to Improve Diagnosis, bringing together physicians, patients, nurses, healthcare professionals, researchers, institutional leaders, policymakers, educators, students, and residents to learn about the latest work to drive diagnostic quality and safety. The conference offers continuing education credit for attendees who register as professionals.

“The SIDM2020 meeting is an incredible opportunity for our community to come together to forward the science of diagnostic safety and quality, gain new skills, and build relationships. Our work is more important than ever, and I am grateful for the opportunity for us to come together to improve diagnosis,” said Andrew P.J. Olson, MD, Chair of the SIDM2020 Conference.

SIDM2020 will showcase the latest research and innovations in diagnostic quality and safety, just like in years past. Virtual education events will be presented in the form of breakout sessions, oral abstracts, poster sessions, and a virtual Patient Summit. View the conference schedule.

Featured speakers include:

  • Kevin Eva, PhD, Hon. FAcadMEd, Associate Director and Senior Scientist in the Centre for Health Education Scholarship and Professor and Director of Educational Research and Scholarship in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.
    Session Title: “From Psychology to Medicine and Back: How Research on Clinical Reasoning is Informing the Use of Judgment-Based Assessment Practices.”
  • Kimberly D. Manning, MD, FACP, FAAP, Professor of Medicine and Associate Vice Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Emory Department of Medicine.
    Session Title: “When Grief and Crises Intersect: Perspective of a Black Physician in the Time of Two Pandemics.”
  • Gurpreet Dhaliwal, MD, Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco, joined by Verity Schaye, MD, MHPE, Assistant Professor, NYU School of Medicine.
    Session Title: “Clinical Problem Solving: Watch in Real Time as a Clinician Analyzes an Unknown Case to Reach a Final Diagnosis in Real Time.”

“Because we are virtual this year, people from all over the world will have the opportunity to exchange ideas about improving diagnosis and network with each other without worrying about the usual inconveniences of travel. With this virtual format, we have a great opportunity to involve more people and expand our community,” said Ashley Meyer, PhD, SIDM2020 Co-Chair.

The Patient Summit will take place on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at 5:30 PM ET and is free to the public and all SIDM2020 attendees. The Patient Summit will focus on Disparities in Diagnosis in the Time of COVID-19: A Multicultural Perspective, and will feature Ron Wyatt, MD, Vice President and Patient Safety Officer, MCIC Vermont, and Victor Montori, MD, Professor of Medicine and Head of the KER Unit, Mayo Clinic (Rochester).

Registration is now open for SIDM2020. Non-SIDM members who register for the full conference will receive a SIDM membership through June 30, 2021. Ticket bundles are available for multiple registrations with significant discounts. For questions about bundles, contact Tina Huff at

Thanks to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) who have provided grants to support the conference.

Funding for this conference was made possible, in part, by grant number 1R13HS027529-01 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Med-IQ and Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine. Med-IQ is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Med-IQ is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This activity is jointly provided by Med-IQ and the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine.

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Join Us Virtually for SIDM2020

Registration is now open! Don't miss virtual education events, including keynotes, breakout sessions, oral abstracts, and poster sessions.