by Brendon Shank
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.
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.
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