For the first time, SHM’s annual meeting will feature a daylong track specifically designed for young hospitalists: medical students, residents, and hospitalists just starting their career. Darlene Tad-y, MD, chair of SHM’s Physicians in Training (PIT) Committee, explains why young hospitalists are so important to the future of the hospital medicine movement and outlines the new educational track planned for HM15.
Question: Why is the new track for young hospitalists important?
Answer: It’s very exciting to have the new track! Young hospitalists can have different questions and concerns at the beginning of their careers. For hospitalists-in-training, there are still many unanswered questions about getting their first job, the status of the job market, getting involved in quality or scholarly work in the hospital, and other logistical considerations. Also, it is a great way for SHM to welcome and recognize the students, residents, and new hospitalists who are attending our national meeting—and the valuable contribution they make to our organization.
high-quality, efficient inpatient care for patients.”
Q: If I’m a med student or a resident or new hospitalist, what can I expect from this track?
A: The track will bring faculty and young hospitalists together to learn about and discuss topics that are critical in this part of a hospitalist’s career. Attendees can expect a great deal of hands-on interaction with the faculty and also advice on getting their hospitalist career off to a running start.
Q: How were these courses and faculty selected?
A: The PIT committee partnered with the Annual Meeting Committee to select the courses and faculty. Students, residents, and young hospitalists were asked for input on what content would be most useful. Along with some input from clerkship and program directors around the country, the courses were chosen. Faculty were selected through a competitive process.
Q: What are you most excited to do at HM15? What sessions do you plan on attending?
A: I’m always energized by the student/resident forum and also the RIV competition. Meeting the trainees en masse and hearing their ideas about hospital medicine are always eye opening. The poster sessions always are another great way to learn about the future of hospital medicine. I’m always amazed at the innovation and tenacity that our trainees demonstrate in furthering what we know about hospital medicine and providing high-quality, efficient inpatient care for patients.