Again, approaching the residency program where you trained is a good starting point. Alternatively, you can locate a nearby residency through the Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database database offered by the American Medical Association (www.ama-assn.org/vapp/freida/srch/).
Finally, if you know any trainees interested in hospital medicine,encourage them to attend the SHM’s local or national meetings. The annual meeting is an excellent place for medical trainees to hear the latest research and innovations, learn about advanced training and job opportunities, network, and connect with mentors through the Mentorship Breakfast. For the last two years, the Young Physicians Section has organized a Forum for Early Career Hospitalists where we addressed different career paths in hospital medicine and conducted research during training. Continued growth in our field depends on promoting hospital medicine as a vital, sustainable career.
Busy Summer for HQPS
The Health Quality and Patient Safety Committee (HQPS) has developed an array of initiatives to support SHM members in the development, implementation, and evaluation of quality and system improvements at their institutions. Educational programming, tools, and resources are being developed for four specific content areas including prevention of VTE, improving the discharge process, glycemic control, and improving outcomes for hospitalized heart failure patients.
HQPS members and Course Directors Greg Maynard, MD, and Tosha Wetterneck, MD, are developing a quality precourse for the 2006 SHM Annual Meeting. The educational goal for the precourse will be to enable hospitalists to become leaders in quality and safety through the effective implementation of evidence-based, high reliability interventions. Precourse participants will actively participate in small groups to apply techniques for designing, implementing, and evaluating quality improvement projects to address a specific improvement need in one of four areas: heart failure care, glycemic control, and preventing VTE in the hospital or the discharge process. Registration for this precourse will begin in November and space will be limited. Plan to register early.
In June, HQPS convened a multidisciplinary, multiagency Heart Failure Advisory Board to guide the development of a clinical guidelines implementation toolkit (CGIT), resource room, and CME modules related to implementing best practices for care of patients with heart-failure. The advisory board has representatives from several organizations and allied health professions, including the American College of Cardiology, American Medical Directors Association, American Hospital Association, Case Managers Society of America, American Association of Heart Failure Nurses, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, National Association of Social Workers and the Heart Failure Society of America. Currently, the advisory board is completing a needs assessment and will begin development on the CGIT, resource room and CME modules next month.
In July, in collaboration with the Education Committee and SHM staff, HQPS launched the SHM VTE Resource Room (www.hospitalmedicine.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Quality_Improvement_Resource_Rooms1&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=6312). The resource room provides users with a workbook, or step-wise process to assess the need for VTE prevention, advocate for local improvements, and implement and evaluate a VTE prevention program. The resource room also provides a useful review of the literature, an “Ask the Expert” forum, slide sets, and bedside teaching tools.