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Problem Solving Workshop

May 31, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 1:15 pm

May 31, 2023

The presentation will equip attendees with a simple problem-solving methodology developed by Dr. Barry Smith thirty-five years ago. This methodology has been successfully implemented in thirty-three countries worldwide, including the United States. It offers a streamlined version of the scientific method, proving its effectiveness even in resource-constrained environments, addressing individuals’ problems and fundamental challenges faced by physical and mental health systems.


The workshop will cover the following key steps:

  • Listing and prioritizing the problems individuals are encountering.
  • Defining the highest priority problem (or a crucial aspect of it) by analyzing its nature, cause, and contributing factors.
  • Developing a solution by posing a well-crafted question using the general framework: “What action, involving whom, for how long, will yield the desired outcome?”
  • Formulating a concise and actionable Plan of Action spanning one to two pages.
  • Taking decisive action to implement the plan.
  • Conducting an evaluation to gauge the degree of success and identify areas for improvement, ensuring a continuous process of growth and progress.

Through this workshop, participants will gain valuable insights into an accessible problem-solving approach, enabling them to address challenges more effectively and achieve desired outcomes.

Presented by: DR. Barry Smith, MD, PhD

Dr. Smith received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University, his PhD in Molecular Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and his MD from Cornell University Medical College with residency training at New York Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He served as the Deputy Chief of Surgical Neurology at The National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland (1983-88), as the Director of the Dreyfus Health Foundation (DHF) in New York City, and finally with The Rogosin Institute as a staff member from 1988-2008, and then its President and CEO, and active clinical investigator until March, 2020. Since then, he has been President of the Dreyfus Health Policy and Research Center (Applied Medical Research, Inc., affiliated with Dialysis Clinic, Inc).



May 31, 2023
10:00 am - 1:15 pm