HM12 Highlights Hospitalists’ Excellence, Importance to Healthcare’s Future

A four-day bazaar of HM’s top minds and clinicians, all with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. What wasn’t to like?

SHM’s annual meeting, held April 1-4 at the San Diego Convention Center, drew thousands to educational sessions, CME-eligible pre-courses, and plenary addresses delivered by CMS bigwig Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, FAAP, SFHM; political guru Norman Ornstein, PhD, MA, BA; and hospitalist pioneer Robert Wachter, MD, MHM.

Yet for all of the meeting’s individual branches, hospitalist Steven Pestka, MD, chief of the hospitalist service at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Mass., sees the sum of its parts as its highest value.

“It is a great pause to recognize that there is excellence in hospitalist medicine,” he says. “Through the plenary sessions and the lectures, and various, very-high-quality presentations, it’s become very clear that this is a community to really respect.”

Richard Quinn is a freelance writer in New Jersey.

About Richard Quinn

Richard Quinn is an award-winning journalist with 15 years’ experience. He has worked at the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey and The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., and currently is managing editor for a leading commercial real estate publication. His freelance work has appeared in The Jewish State, The Hospitalist, The Rheumatologist, ACEP Now, and ENT Today. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and three cats.

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