For the ambitious hospitalist, 2010 will be an eventful year. The next 12 months will be filled with new and exciting opportunities to establish credentials in the specialty and to find venues for continuing education.
But the time to start is now.
The new Recognition of Focused Practice (RFP) in Hospital Medicine application process begins this month and, if last year is any indicator, SHM’s annual conference in April will sell out well in advance.
Begin the RFP Application Process
Don’t wait for HM10 to begin applying for the RFP in HM designation. American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)-certified diplomates don’t have to wait for their maintenance of certification (MOC) to expire in order to apply. Instead, typical hospitalists can begin the process if they:
- Have completed training in internal medicine;
- Are certified in internal medicine; and
- Have engaged for at least three years in a practice that focuses primarily on HM.
Hospitalists who satisfy those requirements can begin the process this month by developing and submitting attestations that demonstrate their focus on HM and their commitment to the specialty. The certification process requires that the hospitalist and a senior executive at his or her hospital each submit an attestation.
Once the attestations are submitted and accepted, ABIM will provide more information on the exam, which is scheduled for October. Registration for the exam will begin in May. Detailed information about the application process will be presented at the ABIM pre-course at HM10. For more information, visit www.abim.org.
Register for HM10
With an agenda packed with networking events, eight pre-courses and more than 90 educational sessions, Hospital Medicine 2010 in Washington, D.C., promises to be the event for hospitalists of all stripes. The conference begins with pre-courses on Thursday, April 8, and runs through Sunday, April 11.
This year’s pre-courses will cover a range of topics, from critical care to practice management and quality improvement (QI). New hospitalists can receive an introduction to the specialty at “Early Career Hospitalist: Skills for Success,” while physicians certified by ABIM can participate in the interactive MOC learning sessions. The ABIM session will include information about the inaugural MOC through the RFP in HM.
SHM’s annual meeting kicks off on Friday, April 9, with featured speaker Paul Levy, president and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. His presentation will focus on the role hospitalists will play in the hospital of the future.
On Sunday, HM thought-leader 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, will share his thoughts about how healthcare reform will change HM, and vice versa.
Sandwiched in between will be sessions on every area of hospital medicine, including:
- Quality improvement;
- Hospitalist practice management;
- New research in HM;
- Clinical practice; and
- Pediatric HM.
For more information, visit the HM10 section of www.hospitalmedicine.org.
Apply for FHM, SFHM
The deadline for SHM Fellow applications is Jan. 15. This year, in addition to new fellows, the first class of senior fellows (SFHM) will be inducted at HM10.
More than 500 hospitalists were a part of the inaugural class of fellows introduced at HM09. Since then, the letters have begun to pop up everywhere. Hospitalists across the country are attaching “FHM” to their name and credentials for additional prestige and credibility among their peers.
Based on SHM’s Core Competencies in Hospital Medicine, the FHM and SFHM designations represent a hospitalist’s commitment to excellence, systems change, and QI. In addition to demonstrated experience in teamwork, leadership, and QI (scored on a point-based system), all qualified candidates must have:
- Five years completed as a practicing hospitalist;
- No disciplinary action that resulted in the suspension or revocation of credentials or license within five years; and
- Two SHM member endorsements.
Requirements for the SFHM designation are similar to that of FHM but require additional experience in leadership. In addition to using the SFHM designation, all fellows receive a personalized certificate from SHM, a listing on the SHM Web site, and a discount on SHM events and materials.
For more information, visit www. hospitalmedicine.org/fellows.
Get Involved in Advocacy
The future of healthcare delivery is being formed now. And it will change how every provider works.
Hospitalists will play a major role in healthcare reform, but it doesn’t end there. The extent of their impact will depend on their knowledge of the issues and their ability to reach out to members of Congress and others in government.
SHM’s Advocacy section at www.hospitalmedicine.org provides members all the information and resources to make a real difference, including:
- Resources from SHM, including position papers and public letters to government officials;
- Resources from other influential healthcare organizations;
- Monthly updates on legislation and other government activities that affect hospital medicine; and
- SHM’s Legislative Action Center.
For hospitalists new to public advocacy, SHM’s Legislative Action Center is a one-stop shop for learning more about the most pressing policy issues affecting HM. In less than 10 minutes, visitors can get up to speed on the issues and contact their members of Congress with a customizable e-mail or personal note. To get involved, visit www.hosp italmedicine.org/advocacy.
SHM Junior Faculty Development Award
For junior hospitalist faculty at academic hospital centers, making ends meet as you apply for such research grants as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services K Awards or the Veterans Administration’s Career Development Awards can be daunting or even prohibitive.
SHM is launching a program to assist two junior academic hospitalists: the SHM Junior Faculty Development Award. Two successful applicants will be awarded $25,000 a year for two years, and will receive mentoring from senior SHM faculty and the recipients’ host institutions.
To qualify, applicants must have an MD or a DO degree, have completed or be in the final year of a two- to three-year HM fellowship (or an equivalent post-residency program), and submit a research project proposal on a topic related to HM (e.g., QI, patient safety, or critical care). Full eligibility criteria are included in the request for application (RFA).
The program has two main goals: The new award aims to not only promote promising young academic hospitalists in a critical juncture of their careers, but it also aims to generate peer-reviewed research that will help all hospitalists to better practice in the specialty.
The deadline for submissions is Feb. 15. Winners will be notified April 5.
For details about the SHM Junior Faculty Development Award, including the RFA, contact Claudia Stahl at email@example.com. TH
Brendon Shank is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia.