Career Dev

PHM15: Physical Burnout for Hospitalists

Presenters: Allison Ballantine and Lisa Zaoutis Physician burnout can be thought of as similar to water level in a reservoir during a drought – there is an imbalance between usage and replenishment. This leads to physician exhaustion, cynicism, and inefficiency. Burnout is a function of both the individual (younger, single, and less resilient are at… [Read More]

10 Tips for Hospitalists to Achieve an Effective Medical Consult

Institute of Medicine Report Prompts Debate Over Graduate Medical Education Funding, Oversight

Ever since 1997, when the federal Balanced Budget Act froze Medicare’s overall funding for graduate medical education, debates have flared regularly over whether and how the U.S. government should support medical resident training. Discussions about the possible redistribution of billions of dollars are bound to make people nervous, but the controversy reached a fever pitch… [Read More]

Podcast Series “Before the White Coat” Explores Early Lives of Hospitalists

Editor’s note: This article is adapted from a June 2015 post on SHM’s official blog, “The Hospital Leader”. When you see him on stage, it’s like he’s always been here. Bob Wachter, MD, one of the pioneers of the hospital medicine movement, has taken the podium at SHM’s annual meetings for more than a decade…. [Read More]

Specialty Hospitalists May Be Coming to Your Hospital Soon

Nearly 20 years ago, Bob Wachter, MD, coined the term “hospitalist,” defining a new specialty caring for the hospitalized medical patient. Since that time, we’ve seen rapid growth in the numbers of physicians who identify themselves as hospitalists, dominated by training in internal medicine and, to a lesser extent, family practice and pediatrics. But, what… [Read More]

PHM15: Incorporating Active Learning Strategies into Your Teaching

Presenters: Alison Holmes, MD, MPH; Michele Long, MD; Carrie Rossbach, MD; Jennifer Rosenthal, MD Being a hospitalist naturally lends itself to participating in education. Whether teaching on the wards at the bedside, giving didactic lectures in the classroom, or divulging informal clinical pearls throughout the day, the hospitalists’ role is entrenched in teaching. And while… [Read More]

PHM15: Evidence-Based Diagnostic Evaluation of Infants Presenting with an Apparent Life Threatening Event

Summary: Presenters of the PHM15 session “Evidence Based Diagnostic Evaluation of Infants Presenting with an Apparent Life Threatening Event” discussed four main diagnostic categories for ALTEs: cardiac, infectious, non-accidental trauma/neurologic, and gastrointestinal. They reviewed the incidence of each of these diagnoses in infants presenting with ALTE, discussed the utility of various diagnostic modalities, and suggested… [Read More]


Society of Hospital Medicine Launches Med Student Scholarship Program

The Society of Hospital Medicine has launched a new scholarship program to bring the “best and brightest” medical students into the specialty. The Student Hospitalist Scholar Grant program awards eligible students a $5,000 summer stipend for scholarly work on a project related to patient safety, quality improvement (QI), or other areas relevant to the field… [Read More]