SHM’s annual meeting brings hospitalists to epicenter of healthcare reform
by Brendon Shank
Hospital Medicine 2010—HM10, in hospitalist parlance—is coming soon. SHM’s annual meeting continues to exceed expectations for educational content, networking opportunities, professional advancement, and fun.
HM10, which runs April 8-11, has an additional attraction this year: With the conference center just miles from Washington, D.C., HM10 will bring hospitalists closer than ever to the heart of the continued national debate over healthcare reform and delivery. Between now and then, the details of healthcare policy will no doubt change, but the intensity and impact of the decisions made in our nation’s capital are unlikely to fade.
“Washington, D.C., is always an exciting place to visit, but it’s even more attractive now for hospitalists and others involved in healthcare,” says Geri Barnes, SHM’s senior director for education and meetings. “The discussions happening in Washington now are likely to affect every corner of the healthcare sector.”
As in years past, HM10 offerings will be wide-ranging enough to include topics that will satisfy physicians, nonphysician practitioners (NPPs), and HM administrators alike.
Registration for HM09 sold out in advance—an additional incentive for early HM10 registration.
“Last year’s conference set new records and generated real excitement within the specialty,” Barnes says. “We’re confident that the program we’ve created for 2010 will do it again.”
This year’s featured presenters represent a mix of fresh, outside perspectives and familiar favorites.
Kicking off the formal agenda will be Paul Levy, president and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a 621-bed academic hospital center in Boston. In 2009, it was one of three American Hospital Association McKesson Quest for Quality Prize honorees for its efforts in eliminating preventable harm.
Levy says he expects to expound on the patient-safety theme during his HM10 presentation. He’ll speak about his center’s “journey in preventable harm—what we’ve learned, ideas for the future, the role of transparency, and the different approaches to process improvement,” he says. Check out his blog at http://runningahospital.blogspot.com.
To wrap up the conference, HM pioneer Robert Wachter, MD, FHM, chief of the hospital medicine division, professor, and associate chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco, a former SHM president, and author of the blog Wachter’s World (www.wachters world.com), will bring his perspective on HM and healthcare reform in a presentation called “How Health Care Reform Changes the Hospitalist Field . . . And Vice Versa.”
In response to increased demand for educational content, HM10 will offer the most pre-courses ever. The pre-courses emphasize a hands-on approach to professional development. This year’s eight pre-courses—two more than last year—will run concurrently all day April 8. “Hospitalists are always looking for ways to enhance their knowledge of the specialty and sharpen their skills,” Barnes says. “The new pre-courses at HM10 were added specifically because of demand from hospitalists.”
The two new additions represent the changing needs within HM. The “Essential Neurology for the Hospitalist” pre-course, taught by David Likosky, MD, FHM, a hospitalist at Evergreen Hospital Medical Center in Kirkland, Wash., recognizes hospitalists often serve as the primary health providers for hospitalized patients with neurological disorders. The pre-course will cover the basics of neurological exams, diagnosis, and management of many of the conditions hospitalists encounter on a regular basis.
The second new pre-course addresses some of the daunting challenges that new hospitalists face. “Early Career Hospitalist: Skills for Success,” led by Efren Manjarrez, MD, FHM, of the University of Miami School of Medicine, will lead new hospitalists through such day-to-day issues as communicating with patients and families, coding, quality improvement (QI) efforts, and legal considerations in their practice.
Although the pre-course on the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) isn’t new, it will include new information about the process for applying to ABIM’s new Recognition of Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine program.
SHM’s Fellows in Hospital Medicine Program will take center stage again, as the society welcomes the first class of Senior Fellows in Hospital Medicine (SFHM) and the second class of Fellows in Hospital Medicine (FHM). Now in its second year, the fellows program recognizes hospitalists for their commitment to excellence.
At HM09, SHM inducted more than 500 hospitalists as fellows. Candidates must have at least five years’ experience as a hospitalist and demonstrate their work in QI, teamwork, and leadership. This year, SHM expects to induct even more fellows.
The requirements for the SHFM are similar to those of the FHM program but demand more experience in each category. Hospitalists applying for SFHM also must be an SHM member in good standing for at least five years.
The HM10 educational program features new breakout sessions and the annual Research, Innovations, and Clinical Vignettes (RIV) competition. The new tracks include:
Hundreds of hospitalists will submit abstracts for the RIV competition. Of those, dozens will be chosen for the HM10 poster session; a panel of experts will judge the entries on Saturday, April 10. The winners will be announced at the conference and claim a $250 cash prize.
HM’s growth has spurred a burgeoning industry of products and service providers that help hospitalists do their jobs more effectively and efficiently. HM10 brings the best of the industry directly to hospitalists, and this year, SHM is making it easier than ever for hospitalists to find the experts on the exhibit floor. For the first time, HM10’s agenda includes time to allow attendees to browse the exhibit hall without competing workshops or plenary sessions. Plus, attendees will win prizes for visiting exhibit booths.
“HM10 is all about bringing the leaders in hospital medicine together. That includes the leaders in organizations that support hospital medicine,” says Todd Von Deak, vice president of membership and marketing for SHM. “Just like other parts of HM10, innovation and synergy happen on the exhibition floor.”
Washington, D.C., is a prime destination for vacationers from around the world, and SHM has organized tours for families and spouses of hospitalists at HM10. Each tour departs directly from the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center and takes participants to some of the most famous attractions in the nation’s capital.
Never been to Washington? Then start with the all-day DC IT ALL! Tour, which takes visitors on a guided bus tour to many major monuments, museums, and other city sights.
For those more familiar with Washington, tours of the National Air & Space Museum, a Segway tour of Old Town Alexandria, Va., and George Washington’s Mount Vernon via water cruise are also scheduled.
For more information, visit the “Family Activities” section of the HM10 Web site. To register for a tour, call SHM at 800-843-3360. TH
Brendon Shank is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia.
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