Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

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Welcome to the Section of Decision Sciences

The Section of Decision Sciences brings together faculty from the Division of General Internal Medicine and their collaborators who are devoted to medical decision making research. Medical decision making encompasses a variety of research disciplines. This division is interested in both normative theory and descriptive theory. Normative theory, or "decision analysis," is concerned with identifying the most rational decision. Descriptive theory, or "judgment and decision making psychology," is concerned with describing the decisions that people actually make.

The mission of the Section of Decision Sciences is to:

  • Provide an intellectual home for Division of General Internal Medicine faculty with shared interests
  • Support multidisciplinary collaboration across departments, schools, and universities
  • Advance the science of medical decision making research and provide education and mentoring to trainees interested in medical decision making