Quite a bit of networking took place before the Medtronic-sponsored presentation at Ruth’s Chris in Nashville on April 26. The SHM Nashville Chapter has re-energized itself under the co-direction of Steven Embry, MD, and Kimberly Bell, MD. Eleven Nashville-area healthcare organizations were represented by more than 28 attendees. The attendees were a multidisciplinary mix of physicians, nurses, and administrators. Shashank Desai, MD, engaged the audience with his presentation “Simple to Complex: Advances in the Management of CHF.” Dr. Desai is the medical director of the Heart Failure and Transplant Program at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
The latest Pacific Northwest Chapter meeting of SHM was held in Seattle on May 15. A change of venue and a new focus on speakers provided local hospitalists with information they won’t find elsewhere. Joseph Bennet, MD, former president of the local chapter, gave a presentation detailing his 15 months practicing hospitalist medicine in Dunedin, New Zealand. In addition to stunning photos of the terrain, Dr. Bennet delivered a thought-provoking presentation comparing New Zealand with the United States regarding culture, medical system financing, drug and care delivery, physician training, end-of-life issues, and many more aspects.
The Pittsburgh Chapter had a meeting May 10 at Morton’s Steakhouse. The speaker for the event was Rene Alvarez, MD, director of the Critical Care Unit at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Alvarez discussed “Strategies for Optimal Management of Patients with Heart Failure,” which generated an excellent discussion. Various hospital medicine topics including incentives, program structures, and 24/7 programs were also discussed. Attendees included hospitalists from six local hospitals. The next meeting will be held Oct. 30. For more information on the Pittsburgh Chapter, contact Michael Cratty, MD, PhD, at [email protected].
The Rocky Mountain Chapter held its spring meeting May 3 at the Denver Colorado Downtown Aquarium. Chapter President Eugene Chu, MD, welcomed attendees and was followed by an update from the Rocky Mountain Chapter Public Policy Committee presented by Bob Brockmann, MD, MSc. Guest speakers for the night were Edward Maa, MD, who spoke about “Seizure Management in Hospitalized Patients” and Daniel Mogyoros, MD, whose presentation was titled “Updates in Infectious Disease for Hospital Medicine.” Attendees received two AMA PRA [Physician’s Recognition Award] Category 1 credits.
At its June 5 meeting, San Diego’s chapter discussed real-time, evidence-based practice as a means to improve patient care and share new clinical evidence with colleagues. Online access during the presentation allowed the group to review several evidence resources: PubMed, the Physician’s Information and Education Resource, the American College of Physicians Journal Club, and National Guideline Clearing House using real patient cases. Dinner was served by Blue Coral Seafood and Spirits, and Novartis sponsored the event.
Upstate South Carolina
The second meeting of the Upstate S.C. Chapter was held May 15, with close to 20 physicians representing five hospitals in upstate South Carolina. Kenneth Leeper, MD, pulmonologist, presented information on ventilator-associated pneumonia. Following the presentation, the business meeting was opened by outgoing President Raja Paladugu, MD.
The following officers were elected for 2007:
- President: Zafar Hossain, MD;
- Vice President: Imran Shaikh, MD; and
- Secretary: Shawn Morrow, MD.
The group decided to meet on a quarterly basis, with the next meeting to be held in September. TH