If a medical meeting of the minds is only as good as its CME options, then HM10 will be the best SHM annual meeting yet.
A pair of new pre-courses—“Essential Neurology for the Hospitalist” and “Early Career Hospitalist: Skills for Success”—will debut at HM10, which kicks off April 8 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., outside of Washington, D.C. The new learning sessions boost to 20 the number of Category 1 credits physicians can earn toward the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Physician Recognition Award. Last year, hospitalists could earn a maximum of 15 credits.
While both of the new pre-courses drew heavy interest among early registrants, the latter was particularly intriguing, says Amir Jaffer, MD, FHM, chair of SHM’s annual meeting committee, associate professor, and division chief of hospital medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Florida.
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“It’s really going to allow our early-career hospitalists to acquire some of the skills they don’t necessarily acquire during residency, such as billing and coding and understanding of quality measures,” Dr. Jaffer boasts, “as well as how best to communicate with consultants, patients, and families. They’ll have a better understanding of how important some of these issues are. … They form the background, as well as the foundation, for one’s career as a hospitalist.”
Also new this year is the added attention being paid to the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) learning session, which led all pre-courses in early registration. The class is in its second year but is more appealing this year because of the new Recognition of Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine via MOC. Working in conjunction with ABIM, the pre-course offers the opportunity for ABIM-certified physicians the chance to earn 20 points toward the Self-Evaluation of Medical Knowledge requirement of the MOC program. Two modules will be presented: Internal Medicine-Office Based and Internal Medicine-Hospital Based.
“There’s an updated module,” says Geri Barnes, SHM senior director of education and meetings. “(Attendees) should get really good information there.”
Also new this year is a series of interactive workshops SHM launched to provide topic-specific information from experts. Spread over three days, the 18 workshops include “Improving Care for the Hospitalized Elder,” “Ultrasound Imaging Skills for Invasive Beside Procedures,” and “Blood Management: Hospitalists in a New Role.”
The workshops, which are limited to 100 participants, are an attempt to engage a new class of HM devotees by recruiting a new class of speakers and leaders. “In previous years, we were not getting all our membership involved with the annual meeting,” Dr. Jaffer says. “We were really handpicking our speakers on experience, expertise, and how well they were known in their field and how good of speakers they were. This year, we really reached out.”
HM10 also features “special-interest forums” at 4:45 p.m. Friday, April 9. The informal sessions—on 18 topics ranging from “Information Technology” to “Women in HM”—afford hospitalists direct access to SHM board members, committee members, and staff. Barnes says the information gathered in last year’s sessions was discussed by SHM. For instance, the “Early Career Hospitalist” forum was the inspiration for one of the new pre-courses.
“We’re not real good at getting that message across, but I would say that those (forums) are extremely valuable,” Barnes says. “The same thing goes for the town hall (1 p.m. Sunday, April 11). That’s an opportunity to meet with the executive committee and board members, and ask them anything you want to.”
Richard Quinn is a freelance writer based in New Jersey.
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