Next year’s annual meeting in Dallas marks the third induction of fellows into the SHM Fellows program. Candidates still have a few weeks to submit an application. The deadline for 2011 applications is Jan. 14.
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More than 700 fellows and senior fellows have been inducted since the program began in 2009. “The success and enthusiasm for this program has been incredible,” says Todd Von Deak, SHM’s vice president of operations and general manager. “For individual hospitalists, it’s a simple way to demonstrate to patients and hospitals that you take your profession very seriously. For the specialty, it illustrates the growth and accomplishments of hospital medicine to the rest of the healthcare sector.”
In addition to additional rights and privileges from SHM, fellows can append their designation to their name and credentials.
The SHM Fellows program inducts three levels of fellows every year: Fellow in Hospital Medicine (FHM), Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine (SFHM), and Master in Hospital Medicine (MHM).
To be nominated, both FHM and SFHM designations require five years as a practicing hospitalist and a demonstrated commitment to quality improvement, teamwork, and leadership. An FHM candidate must be an SHM member for at least three years; SFHM candidates must be members for at least five.
Introduced last year, the MHM designation is by invitation only and reserved for the specialty’s leaders and pioneers. The inaugural MHM designees were John Nelson (pictured left), MD, MHM, Robert Watcher (center), MD, MHM, and Winthrop Whitcomb (right), MD, MHM.
For more information or an application, visit www.hospitalmedicine.org/fellows.
FELLOW IN HOSPITAL MEDICINE SPOTLIGHT
Bradley M. Sherman, MD, FACP, FHM
Dr. Sherman, a hospitalist of 15 years, is both chairman and director of quality and performance improvement in the Department of Medicine at Glen Cove (N.Y.) Hospital, part of the North Shore University Health System. He is a clinical associate professor of medicine at New York University School of Medicine and an associate professor of medicine at Hofstra University School of Medicine.
A six-year SHM member, he helped establish the Long Island, N.Y., chapter and led as its president from 2004 to 2007. He served as moderator both for the transitions-in-care discussion and MRSA infections symposium at HM10 in Washington, D.C.
Undergraduate education: Duke University, Durham, N.C.
Graduate education: The Rockefeller University in New York City and New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y.
Internship and residency: Northwestern University, Chicago.
Fellowships: Gastroenterology fellowship at University of Pittsburgh from 1994 to 1995; fellowship in quality at Greater New York Hospital Association from 2009 to 2010.
Notable: This year, he completed a 15-month Six Sigma quality project on reducing variation care and standardization for patients admitted with heart failure, as well as a capstone project on reducing 30-day readmissions for patients discharged with heart failure.
Quotable: “Hospital medicine will continue to expand and become an integral part of hospital operations and practice. The comanagement services with surgical specialties will continue to evolve, and hospitalists will be taking a larger role in ensuring that care rendered across the continuum is met at the highest standard, both in and out of the hospital.”
FYI: Dr. Sherman enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, ages 12 and 9. He is an avid tennis player and a regular at his local gym. —Sarah Gelotte