Ready or not, 2016 is almost here, and SHM is gearing up for another year jam packed with exciting, enriching opportunities for hospitalists and their teams. Here are 10 things to have on your radar as we head into the new year.
1 Hospital Medicine 2016: March 6–9, 2016
This year’s annual meeting in San Diego promises to be the biggest yet, with new tracks in Co-Management/Perioperative Medicine, Health IT for Hospitalists, and Post-Acute Care—and opportunities to connect and collaborate with a vibrant community of hospital medicine professionals from around the nation. Register before early bird rates end on Jan. 11, 2016!
2 The Year of the Hospitalist
In celebration of the 20-year anniversary of the coining of the word “hospitalist,” SHM is preparing for a yearlong series of special events, contests, and opportunities. Follow SHM on Twitter at @SHMLive, and visit Hospital Medicine for the latest news!
3 Get Engaged with Public Policy
Healthcare legislation is constantly evolving, and hospitalists play an important role in advocating for hospitalized patients and the hospital medicine movement. SHM is an active voice in many conversations on policy development and reform. Sign up for the Grassroots Network now to stay updated on developments in healthcare policy, share your experiences with healthcare programs, and even participate in policy forums.
4 Fight the Resistance Campaign to Promote Antibiotic Stewardship
SHM is partnering with the CDC to change hospital culture and, in turn, change antibiotic prescription behaviors to prevent antibiotic resistance. Learn how you can be a part of the campaign, and download the campaign posters—featuring striking designs inspired by 1940s propaganda posters.
5 2016 State of Hospital Medicine Survey
The 2016 State of Hospital Medicine survey will take place January through March, with the release of the report scheduled for September. The survey consists of comprehensive, current information crucial to understanding the hospital medicine landscape and making better decisions in the hospital. Visit SHM’s website to find out how you can participate.
6 Expansion of the Quality Improvement Portfolio
SHM’s Center for Hospital Innovation and Improvement continues to develop guides, toolkits, and programs to meet the evolving needs of hospital-based clinicians and improve the care of hospitalized patients. New additions to the portfolio include resources for VTE, chronic heart failure, delirium, anemia, and end-of-life care.
7 SHM Student Hospitalist Scholar Grant Applications
Student members of SHM could be eligible to apply for an SHM Student Hospitalist Scholar Grant, including funding to complete scholarly work with an active SHM mentor in a project related to patient safety, quality improvement, or other hospital medicine-related fields. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15, 2016.
8 Innovative Additions to SHM’s Digital Learning Offerings
In addition to SHM SPARK, an MOC preparation tool for the Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine exam, and SHMConsults, online modules for consultative and perioperative medicine, look for new SHM Learning Portal activities in 2016, like “Management of Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation,” “Managing Pain in Postoperative Patients: What the Hospitalist Needs to Know,” and “Perioperative Bridging of Anticoagulant Theory.”
9 Get #SHeMpowered on Social Media
Have a success story to share about how SHM helped you advance your career or enhance patient care in your hospital? Maybe you improved your clinical skills at the annual meeting or improved care transitions with Project BOOST? Shout it from the rooftops—tweet @SHMLive and use the hashtag #SHeMpowered. If you haven’t followed SHM on Twitter, head over to @SHMLive.
10 “Are You Number 15,000?”
This is a question you want to say “yes” to! SHM is poised to welcome its 15,000th member in early 2016 as part of the Year of the Hospitalist. The 15,000th member will receive an assortment of exciting prizes, including complimentary registration to Hospital Medicine 2016 in San Diego. Know someone who is interested in joining? Spread the word!
Brett Radler is SHM’s communications coordinator.