After several months of planning, interviewing, and lively debate, the SHM editorial board has appointed Jamie Newman, MD, as editor of its publication, The Hospitalist, effective September 1, 2005. The Hospitalist is the nation’s only society-sanctioned news publication for hospitalists, and it contains the latest in hospital medicine news and industry issues, along with updates on society-sponsored programs, activities, and educational opportunities.
Dr. Newman is assistant professor of Internal Medicine and Medical History at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, MN, where he has been a member of the Hospital Internal Medicine Program since 2001. Prior to joining the Mayo Clinic College, Dr. Newman practiced medicine in several single and multispecialty group practices. From 1989 to 2001 he taught at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, where he received several teaching awards. He also was the host of a local medical radio show, “Onward and Upward.” He has been an editor and a writer of numerous papers and book chapters.
“We’re very pleased to have Dr. Newman accept the position of editor for The Hospitalist,” said Jim Pile, MD, outgoing editor of the publication. “He is highly respected, well-published, and has a broad view of the industry and where hospitalists fit in. SHM’s Editorial Board was particularly impressed by his creativity, drive, and energy, and felt that he would bring a new vision that would steer The Hospitalist in a positive direction.”
Dr. Newman was one of a number of very qualified and interesting candidates vying for the editor position. “We were very fortunate to have so many excellent candidates to interview for this high-profile and important job,” said Editorial Board member Peter Lindenauer, MD. “I think that says a lot about just how much The Hospitalist has grown and is valued by our members.”
“I’m happy to have this opportunity to serve SHM and the field of hospital medicine through my contributions as editor of The Hospitalist,” said Dr. Newman. “With the continued rapid expansion of hospital medicine, The Hospitalist must provide vital and relevant information to a wide range of practitioners, from solo to group practice, from small local hospital to tertiary referral center, all with one common goal: improving the care of the hospitalized patient.”
As SHM readies its launch of the new Journal of Hospital Medicine in January 2006, Dr. Newman says it is more important than ever to distinguish the role of The Hospitalist from that of the journal. “While the Journal of Hospital Medicine will provide authors a place for peer reviewed publication, The Hospitalist will continue to present timely information in other areas that impact our industry, from government regulation to patient safety to education and medical innovation,” explained Dr. Newman. “Members can stay informed about these things as well as activities of the society and other members, and hopefully be entertained as well. I plan to create new sections on palliative care, geriatrics, communication, and quality, as well as a surprise or two.”
Dr. Newman earned his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and obtained his MD from Mayo Medical School. A member of SHM since 2001, Dr. Newman has served in a variety of leadership roles, including the Communication Committee and the Medical History Forum.
Launched in 1997, The Hospitalist newsletter is published 6 times a year and provided free to approximately 10,000 hospitalists in the United States. In September 2005, The Hospitalist will be issued 10 times per year.
To contact Dr. Newman about story or column ideas for the Hospitalist, please email him at Newman.James@mayo.edu.