Now is the time to register, make travel arrangements, and book hotel rooms before the rush. Starting early means saving money: The deadline for early online registration—$100 savings—is February 2, 2015. Plus, hospitalists staying at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, the official headquarters hotel for HM15, can save another $100 off their registration fees.
HM15 is the perfect time to join the hospital medicine movement. Nonmembers who register for HM15 will receive free SHM membership for one year.
HM15 course director Efrén Manjarrez, MD, says that HM15 will bring many new angles and topics for conference veterans and will attract other members of the “big tent” of hospital medicine.
“For the first time, the American Academy of Family Physicians is endorsing the meeting, so we are excited to welcome even more family physicians to the meeting, many of whom might not have considered coming to an SHM meeting in the past,” he says.
For long-time meeting attendees, Dr. Manjarrez suggests taking a look at the new content for maintenance of certification (MOC) and patient experience. He is equally interested in welcoming residents and medical students to the meeting.
“We are meeting [past president] Eric Howell’s mission to increase the pipeline of future hospitalists,” Dr. Manjarrez says. “I’m personally challenging every single academic hospitalist to bring at least one medical student or resident with them to HM15.”
A First Step
As part of an effort to include even more medical school students and residents in the HM movement, SHM has created the first “young hospitalist” educational track. Designed for med students, residents, and even hospitalists freshly out of residency, the six courses in the “young hospitalist” track cover many of the topics never touched in med school or resident training, such as how to write a CV and how to create a meaningful relationship with a resident.
“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,” says Darlene Tad-y, MD, chair of SHM’s Physicians in Training Committee. “Attendees can expect a great deal of hands-on interaction with the faculty and advice on getting their hospitalist career off to a running start.”
Students and residents will have new opportunities for visibility and networking at HM15. SHM has created a Trainee Award category within its awards program and a career fair during the popular poster session to help introduce new hospitalists to staffing companies and recruiters. Students and residents will have a chance to meet the leaders of the specialty face to face during the luncheon and forum organized specifically for them.
Let Your Voice Be Heard in Congress
With hospitalists testifying before Congress on important patient care issues and rising to the highest levels of CMS, the voice of the hospitalist has never been more important in Washington, D.C. And you can add your voice to the movement.
On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, SHM will bring dozens of hospitalists to the halls of Capitol Hill to talk with legislators and staffers about patient and policy issues, including observation status, quality improvement, accountable care organizations (ACOs), and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on hospitalized patients. At “Hospitalists on the Hill,” hospitalists will talk face to face with policymakers and provide the kind of personal and professional perspective that they need to make decisions that affect millions of hospitalized patients every year.
Brendon Shank is SHM’s associate vice president of communications.