CER-PCOR Work Group

The CER-PCOR Work Group, chaired by Olivia Carter-Pokras, PhD, MHS, aims to promote interprofessional collaboration and a broader understanding of the nature, scope, methods, and implications of comparative effectiveness research and patient-centered outcomes research.

Head shot of Dr. Olivia Carter-Pokras

Dr. Olivia Carter-Pokras

Join the CER-PCOR Work Group

As a member of this interdisciplinary group, you will have the opportunity to network on research projects and grant proposals, share information, and develop Universitywide strategies for CER/PCOR education, training, and research.

Additionally, you will benefit from the diverse group of researchers’ experience and expertise. A large part of our biweekly meetings are discussions in which members share updates on their current research projects and seek input from other members regarding challenges with methodology, recruitment, or general feedback. Members often volunteer to review others’ proposals before submission to strengthen chances for funding.

The CER-PCOR Work Group fosters the collaborative environment necessary for researchers to establish partnerships with other individuals at the University they may not have been connected with before.

“As a new faculty member at the University of Maryland with a primary research interest in comparative effectiveness research, I joined the CER/PCOR Work Group to identify and collaborate with other researchers across the UMB campus with similar research interests. The CER/PCOR Work Group has been instrumental in helping me successfully develop research and grant proposals, as well as identify career research mentors.” — Mark Mishra, MD

When and where does the CER-PCOR Work Group meet?

We meet once a month, every second Wednesday, in the Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) department in the School of Pharmacy (Saratoga Building, 220 N. Arch St.). The meetings are held in the south conference room from noon to 1 p.m. For those who are not on campus, dial-in information is provided to allow you to join via conference call. Please review the calendar and join us for our next meeting.

Do I have to be a faculty member in the School of Pharmacy to join the Work Group?

No, the CER-PCOR Work Group is open to all individuals interested in or actively engaged in comparative effectiveness and patient-centered outcomes research. This includes University faculty, researchers, clinicians, students, and health care professionals. This is a collaborative effort open to all University System of Maryland campuses.

How can I join the CER-PCOR Work Group?

If you are interested in joining, please email us to be added to our member list. We use UMVibe — an online workspace — for all communications. Our meeting agendas, announcements, funding opportunities, etc., are posted there. Once added to the Work Group, the necessary steps will be taken to grant you access to our CER-PCOR UMVibe workspace.