At the moment, we are jumping into planning for PHM17, and I am honored and excited to serve as chair of this meeting. I have attended annually since 2005, and to watch the meeting grow and take on many issues has been truly unbelievable. The meeting now draws nearly 1,000 pediatric hospitalists and is an invaluable opportunity for attendees to learn from each other.
SHM provides our members with the opportunity to become as engaged as you are able with committees, training opportunities, annual meetings, and more. So jump in!
Q: How do you balance your demanding schedule with your husband, children, and leisure?
A: Raising four young boys, now ages 9 and 12, with my husband and working full-time as a pediatric hospitalist is so challenging but so rewarding. (My husband and I are experts at Outlook invitations to coordinate a busy schedule of sporting events and school functions as well as night shifts for me and travel for him.) As a family, we spend lots of nights at the soccer field or basketball court, and we love to travel, ski, and swim. And personally, I run. That is my time to unwind. I just ask for one hour a day to exercise, which doubles as my therapy.
I run for Nashville Running Company, a local running store. Some of the other ladies and I meet most mornings at 5 a.m. This year, I ran in the St. George Marathon in Utah as well as the L.A. Marathon. Super fun! I’m planning to run the Chicago Marathon this fall, and Boston’s in the spring of 2017.
Q: As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of hospital medicine, how do you see HM evolving over the next 20 years?
A: What an interesting idea to consider! PHM is moving toward a board certification process, which will be exciting for our field. Similar to other specialties, such as pediatric emergency medicine, adolescent medicine, or child abuse pediatrics, it will be wonderful to watch our specialty gain recognition as a boarded specialty.
HM providers are positioned for leadership throughout organizations, and as we strive to provide the highest-value care, I believe we will continue to grow in this regard. PHM providers now serve as department chairs and hospital CEOs, CMOs, and many other leadership positions. At Vanderbilt, we are seeing some other divisions, such as pediatric neurology, hire neurologists who have inpatient versus outpatient interests. We may see this trend continue over time through other fields as well, with physicians providing specialty-specific hospital care expertise in very defined areas. TH
Brett Radler is SHM’s communications specialist.