A national summit on the future of healthcare will take center stage in Washington, D.C., next month—but Congress won't be involved in this discussion. SHM's 13th annual meeting is April 8-11 at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. The four-day event is expected to draw more than 2,300 hospitalists.
"It's pretty exciting that we're coming to Washington this year with all the activity in healthcare reform," says Larry Wellikson, MD, FHM, CEO of SHM.
SHM leaders say HM10 will offer new features, including:
- Induction of the first classes of Senior Fellows in Hospital Medicine (SFHM) and Master in Hospital Medicine (MHM);
- Two new pre-courses slated for April 8: "Essential Neurology for the Hospitalist" and "Early Career Hospitalist: Skills for Success";
- An expanded research and innovation platform that will include visiting professor Mark Zeidel, MD, chair of the Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston;
- A limited-seating workshop track; and
- A keynote address from Paul Levy, president and CEO of Beth Israel in Boston and a respected commentator in the arena of healthcare QI and patient safety. The speech is titled "The Hospitalist's Role in the Hospital of the Future."
SHM leaders say that despite the economic downturn, attendance at this year's conference is expected to significantly exceed the record crowd that trekked to Chicago last spring. "Even though there are travel-budget cuts and education-budget cuts, the one meeting that hospitalists continue to go to is SHM's annual conference," says Geri Barnes, SHM senior director of education and meetings. “That’s where they get their education and are able to network at the largest gathering of hospitalists every year."
Visit www.the-hospitalist.org for extensive meeting coverage.