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

From: The Hospitalist, May 2012

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.

by Richard Quinn

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.


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