5 Must-Do’s for Hospitalists in 2010

For the ambitious hospitalist, 2010 will be an eventful year. The next 12 months will be filled with new and exciting opportunities to establish credentials in the specialty and to find venues for continuing education.

But the time to start is now.

The new Recognition of Focused Practice (RFP) in Hospital Medicine application process begins this month and, if last year is any indicator, SHM’s annual conference in April will sell out well in advance.

Begin the RFP Application Process

Don’t wait for HM10 to begin applying for the RFP in HM designation. American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)-certified diplomates don’t have to wait for their maintenance of certification (MOC) to expire in order to apply. Instead, typical hospitalists can begin the process if they:

  • Have completed training in internal medicine;
  • Are certified in internal medicine; and
  • Have engaged for at least three years in a practice that focuses primarily on HM.

Award-winning HOSPITAL CEO is Featured SPEAKER at HM10

Paul Levy

For Paul Levy, addressing hospitalists as a featured presenter at HM10 in Washington, D.C., makes perfect sense. As president and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, he sees firsthand the value hospitalists bring to patients and the 621-bed academic hospital.

“We place a heavy emphasis on eliminating harm, and hospitalists are key in that effort,” Levy says. “They have constant contact with the systems and patients on the floor, and they’re people we count on to come up with solutions.”

Though the conference is months away, Levy already knows the general focus of his presentation: eliminating preventable harm. He plans to talk about the medical center’s progress in reducing preventable harm, ideas for the future, the role of transparency, and different approaches to process improvement.

Given that Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center was one of three AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize honorees in 2009, he will be speaking from a position of authority. “It’s really nice to be recognized for what we’re doing, but we’re only taking baby steps in elimination of harm and process improvement,” he says. “We take those awards as encouragement to do even better.”

For 2010, Levy predicts an increased role for hospitalists in new programs at Beth Israel Deaconess. In particular, Project GRACE, a “geriatric bundle” of care for elderly patients that pairs the medical center’s gerontologists with hospitalists, was in pilot stage in 2009 and will be rolled out in full this year.

About Brendon Shank

Brendon Shank joined the Society of Hospital Medicine in February 2011 and serves as Associate Vice President of Communications. He is responsible for maintaining a dialogue between SHM and its many audiences, including members, media and others in healthcare.

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