Welcome to HM17 and Las Vegas! We invite you to network and get to know more than 4,000 of your closest colleagues over the next 3 days. Please have fun taking advantage of the many unique learning opportunities we have developed for this year’s meeting. We hope you will be pleased with the offerings that our Annual Meeting Committee has produced on your behalf. You will see committee members wearing buttons that identify them as members of the Annual Meeting Committee. Please take the time to give them your feedback about the meeting and, if you feel so inclined, thank them for the time and energy they committed to create this year’s meeting.
We think you will find this meeting and the precourses have something (many things!) for everyone. Whether you are a community or an academic hospitalist, a newly minted hospitalist or a seasoned veteran, a clinician who takes care of the young or the old (and everyone in between), an advanced practice clinician or hospital medicine administrator, a researcher or educator or clinician (or any combination of the three), we had you in mind as we developed the content for HM17.
We have added medical education and health policy tracks and are bringing back favorites like the young-hospitalist, academic, pediatric, practice management, and quality tracks. Don’t forget to attend our interactive workshops. More than 150 workshop ideas were submitted, and we are proud to feature 18 of the best.
Finally, your HM17 experience will not be complete until you attend the much-anticipated Updates in Hospital Medicine talks and plenary sessions; network with your colleagues at the Research, Innovations, and Clinical Vignettes (RIV) Poster Competition; roam the Exhibit Hall; and join in a Special Interest Forum.
This meeting would not be possible without the tireless effort of the SHM staff and leadership, conference faculty, and committee members. Most importantly, we sincerely thank all of you for attending HM17. We have created this meeting for you, and we hope it is your most valuable educational and networking opportunity of 2017.
Enjoy Las Vegas and HM17, and we will see you in 2018 in Orlando!
Dr. Feldman is a hospitalist at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore and course director for HM17.