Last month, more than 2,500 hospitalists and experts in HM gathered just outside Washington, D.C., to share the very best the specialty has to offer. The record-setting attendance surpassed the previous record—set at HM09 in Chicago—by more than 20%.
For hospitalists across the country, the meeting provided the perfect venue for continued education, professional development, and networking with friends and colleagues. To SHM CEO Larry Wellikson, MD, FHM, that is exactly what makes the annual meeting important.
“Hospital medicine is growing and evolving at a breakneck pace, and individual hospitalists are expected to keep up on a daily basis,” he says. “Our annual meeting is an opportunity to recognize the leaders in our field and identify the opportunities and challenges on the horizon for hospitalists.”
—Larry Wellikson, MD, SFHM, CEO of SHM
SHM Inducts First Senior Fellows and Masters in Hospital Medicine
The current and future leaders of HM were inducted as Fellows in Hospital Medicine at HM10 (see “Fellows in Hospital Medicine Class of 2010,” p.10). This year, SHM introduced the inaugural class of nearly 200 Senior Fellows in Hospital Medicine (SFHM) and three Masters in Hospital Medicine (MHM).
The three MHM designees—Winthrop F. Whitcomb, MD, MHM, Robert Wachter, MD, MHM, and John Nelson, MD, MHM—were recognized by SHM leadership for the “utmost demonstration of dedication to the field of hospital medicine through significant contributions to the development and maturation of the profession.”
“This is a true milestone for the hospital medicine specialty,” said Dr. Wellikson. “The Masters in Hospital Medicine designation is the Hall of Fame of hospital medicine. We are honored to acknowledge Drs. Nelson, Wachter, and Whitcomb. We’re also thrilled to induct hundreds of new Fellows and Senior Fellows into the program. Their demonstrated commitment to improving patient care is one of the hallmarks of hospital medicine.”
The new SFHM designees represent the field’s experienced leaders and the next level of credentialing beyond the original Fellow in Hospital Medicine (FHM). Senior Fellows must have at least five years of HM practice and have been a society member for at least five years.
SHM also inducted 190 new FHM designees. As the second class of Fellows, they join more than 500 other hospitalists who have practiced HM for five years and been a member of SHM for at least three years.
For more information about the SHM Fellowship program, visit www.hospitalmedicine.org/fellows.
Featured Speakers Bring Focus to HM, Healthcare Policy
It’s no coincidence that SHM brought hospitalists to the nation’s capital for the annual meeting. The ongoing public debate over delivering patient care safely, effectively, and efficiently remains at the fore in the nation’s capital.
That was the point driven home by Dr. Wachter in his featured presentation on the final day of the conference. While the recently passed healthcare reform legislation addressed such issues as access to health insurance and costs, the legislation “kicked the can down the road,” he said.
For perspective from a hospital administrator who already has put into practice many of the reform recommendations, HM10 turned to Paul Levy, CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Too much attention on political debate could be a distraction, Levy warned. Instead of getting too caught up in national political drama, Levy cautioned, hospitalists would do well to focus on their own practices and identify ways to reduce preventable errors in the hospital.
Levy’s speech was preceded by a panel discussion led by Public Policy Committee Chair Eric Siegal, MD, SFHM, one of the newest members of the SHM board. Leslie Norwalk, a former Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) administrator, participated in the panel and was interviewed later that day by CNN Money about young, healthy individuals and the role they play in reducing health insurance costs.
Hospitalists Bone Up on Career and Clinical Skills
More than 900 hospitalists used the pre-courses at HM10 as an opportunity for continued professional education.
Presented on the day before the formal kickoff of HM10, each pre-course presented an in-depth look at some of the most pressing issues in HM. This year introduced two new pre-courses that characterized the wide range of topics: “Early Career Hospitalist: Skills for Success” and “Essential Neurology for the Hospitalist.”
All told, HM10 was a resounding success that reflected the continued energy and enthusiasm of HM and its impact on healthcare. To SHM Vice President and General Manager Todd Von Deak, that momentum means looking to the future.
“We received great feedback from our attendees this year, and we’re looking forward to using that information to make an even stronger—and record-breaking—annual meeting in Dallas next year,” he said. “See you in 2011!” TH
Brendon Shank is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia.