Every year, hospitalists across the country receive SHM membership renewal notices in the mail. For the vast majority of them, the decision to renew is an easy one.
For the others, hospitalist Mike Hawkins, MD, FACP, FHM, recommends a tried-and-true approach in the field: Evaluate the risk-to-benefit ratio.
“As they say in medicine, the risk-to-benefit ratio is a no-brainer,” says Dr. Hawkins, the Southeast region medical director for Brentwood, Tenn.-based Cogent Healthcare.
Dr. Hawkins should know about membership benefits; he’s been an SHM member since 1996. In fact, he was one of the first 200 members of SHM’s original incarnation, the National Association of Inpatient Physicians. He joined for the resources that helped his new hospitalist program grow and for the access to people who were doing the same thing he was in his hospital. He also recognized the potential for networking and the sharing of ideas from such industry leaders as Bob Wachter, MD, MHM, and John Nelson, MD, MHM.
Since then, the membership benefits that Dr. Hawkins and more than 10,000 other hospitalists receive have evolved along with their careers and the specialty as a whole.
SHM membership and the HM specialty have become nearly synonymous to most hospitalists. “I can’t imagine a true hospitalist that wouldn’t be an SHM member,” Dr. Hawkins says. “Most of the hospitalists on my teams are members. As a company, we strongly encourage our physicians to be SHM members.”
Membership: The Basics
Hawkins’ enthusiasm for becoming an SHM member is no surprise to Todd Von Deak, MBA, CAE, vice president of operations and general manager for SHM.
“Thousands of hospitalists join SHM for the many tangible benefits like discounts or subscriptions to the Journal of Hospital Medicine and The Hospitalist,” Von Deak says.
As SHM has evolved, so have the benefits it offers to members. The original society publication sent to members was only four pages; today, members receive both The Hospitalist and the Journal of Hospital Medicine, one of the top peer-reviewed journals in healthcare—and the only peer-reviewed journal for HM.