Education and Fellowship Programs

Education Programs


Statistical Education Series: Fall 2017


  • Every other Tuesday at 12 p.m. beginning Sept. 12, 2017
  • Baker 4 Conference Room
  • Lunch will be provided
  • Register here (there is no cost for this course)

This series will:

  1. Build a strong conceptual foundation in statistical inference
  2. Familiarize the audience with the principles of basic statistical analysis tools
  3. Apply these principles within three major areas: randomized trials, observational studies, and prediction

Course Summary

  • 9/12/2017- Basic statistical concepts I (population, sampling, parameters, statistics, hypothesis testing, estimation, sampling distribution) Lecture Slides
  • 9/26/2017- Basic statistical tools (univariate, bivariate and multivariate; parametric versus non-parametric) Lecture Slides 
  • 10/18/2017- Randomized trials (rationale, design, sample size, analysis) Lecture Slides   
  • 10/24/2017- Randomized trials (benefit-risk trade-off) Lecture Slides 
  • 11/7/2017- Observational studies (confounding, potential outcomes, design) Lecture Slides 
  • 11/21/2017- Causal inference (propensity score, outcome regression, matching, instrumental variable) Lecture Slides   
  • 12/5/2017- Predictions (prediction model, model fitting, bias-variance trade-off) Lecture Slides 
  • 12/19/2017- Predictions (metrics of performance, estimation of performance) Lecture Slides   

The objective of this education series is to build a strong conceptual foundation in the philosophy of statistical inference and its application to different analytical situations in the real world during the design and analysis stages. The educational focus will be on concepts (“what” and “why”) instead of implementation (“how”).

Upon completion of this series, the audience is expected to have clear understanding of the basic principles of different statistical techniques, when they should be applied, and how to interpret the results of these analyses. The audience is expected to be able to understand medical research articles with heavy statistical components and communicate proactively with professional statisticians.

  • Changyu Shen, PhD
  • Robert Yeh, MD
  • Jordan Strom, MD
  • Scott Evans, PhD
Register here

(please note there is no cost for this course)


For questions, please email Changyu Shen or call 617-632-7731.


The Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology offers two fellowships, the Smith Center Fellowship and the Spina Scholar Program. The first of its kind in Boston, the Center places the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and BIDMC at the forefront of a field that will only become more critical in the years ahead as health care reform places a greater emphasis on providing high-quality, cost-effective care that is centered on the patient.

The Smith Center Fellowship

Jordan Strom The Smith Center offers a fellowship training program for researchers interested in studying cardiovascular outcomes. The fellowship provides early career cardiologists with an opportunity to develop the expertise and skills needed to advance their portfolio in outcomes research.

The fellow will undertake formal training at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in research methodology, develop novel research ideas, apply for grants, conduct research and publish their findings. They will be expected to submit abstracts at national and international conferences, and develop relationships within the broader research community focusing on this specialized field of research in both academia and industry.

We are pleased to welcome Jordan Strom, MD, a fellow in Cardiovascular Medicine, as the awardee of the inaugural fellowship.

The Spina Scholars Program Fellowship

Will Grandin The newly endowed Spina Scholars Program is catalyzing transformative support for the Division of Cardiology at BIDMC. The Spina Scholar will be embedded within the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.

This two-year scholarship will allow each recipient, typically a junior faculty member, freedom to take novel research ideas in new and exciting directions. As an academic physician-scientist with a deep understanding of clinical medicine, social policy, and epidemiologic methods, the Spina Scholar will be ideally placed to become a leader in the field of cardiovascular outcomes research.

The Spina Scholar in Cardiovascular Outcomes Research is made possible through the generous support of Stephanie and David Spina, who have created the Spina Endowment Fund, out of which the Spina Scholars in Cardiovascular Outcomes Research will be funded biannually and in perpetuity.

We are pleased to welcome Will Grandin, MD, as the inaugural Spina Scholar joining the Smith Center in July 2016.