Innovators Descend on Annual Pediatric HM Conference


More than 400 people attended the Pediatric Hospital Medicine annual conference July 22-25 in Minneapolis. The annual meeting is the premier networking and educational event for pediatric hospitalists and is sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), SHM, and the Academic Pediatric Association (APA).

Innovation and improvement were popular topics throughout the conference. Keynote speaker George Buckley, CEO of manufacturing and technology conglomerate 3M, spoke about inspiring innovation, and a large percentage of the sessions and posters had quality-improvement (QI) themes. Experts from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, led by Steve Muething, MD, assistant vice president of patient safety, and Shannon Phillips, MD, MPH, Cleveland Clinic’s patient safety officer, guided several popular sessions on QI.

A major innovation announced at the conference was the planned launch of a journal of pediatric hospital medicine, which will be sponsored by the AAP. (Update 09.14.2010--The journal has yet to officially announce an editor).

Research presentations have continued to increase in this young field, and the meeting was full of poster and platform presentations in the areas of clinical research, QI, educational research, and health services research. Vineeta Mittal, MD, of the University of Texas Southwestern and Children’s Medical Center in Dallas presented research on family-centered rounds, which was recently published in Pediatrics and picked up by the National Association of Children’s Hospitals (NACHRI) for dissemination.1 Patrick Brady, MD, of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital presented his research on short- versus long-course IV therapy for pediatric urinary tract infections, also published in Pediatrics.2

Other buzzed-about sessions included Vanderbilt University pediatric hospitalist Dr. Paul Hain’s ambitious attempt to create a PHM performance dashboard, and a case of “situational” epilepsy presented by Dr. Lisa Zaoutis of CHOP.

As in years past, the hottest ticket was for the luncheon presentation of the “Top Articles in Pediatric Hospital Medicine,” paneled this year by Drs. John Pope, Kris Rehm, and Brian Alverson. Raj Srivastava, MD, of Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City and chairperson of the Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings network, announced that the network had been awarded major grant funding.

Dan Rauch, MD, chair of the AAP’s Section on Hospital Medicine, dropped the biggest bombshell of all: He announced that the American Board of Pediatrics will support the development of pediatric HM as a full-fledged subspecialty in the near future. TH

Dr. Ralston is associate professor of pediatrics and chief of the division of inpatient pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, and medical director of inpatient services at Christus Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital.


  1. Mittal VS, Sigrest T, Ottolini MC, et al. Family-centered rounds on pediatric wards: a PRIS network survey of U.S. and Canadian hospitalists. Pediatrics. 2010;126(1):37-43.
  2. Brady PW, Conway PH, Goudie A. Length of intravenous antibiotic therapy and treatment failure in infants with urinary track infections. Pediatrics. 2010;126(2):196-203.

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