There is no shortage of ideas and proposals, and most of these will affect hospitalists and the patients we treat and the hospitals we work in. In many ways these issues will shape our professional futures and determine how satisfying a career as a physician and specifically as a hospitalist will be.
Hospitalists and SHM must be part of the dialogue. We must clearly state where we stand and be prepared to back this up with data and to propose realistic solutions we are prepared to implement.
So clear your schedules May 3-5, 2006, and come to Washington, D.C., to join more than a thousand of your hospitalist colleagues as we take our first determined steps at the power center of our country. SHM will provide the support and materials for your success. But you must supply the voice and the presence. We owe no less to our profession and our patients now and in the future. TH
Dr. Wellikson has been CEO of SHM since 2000.