SHM’s annual meeting kicks off on Friday, April 9, with featured speaker Paul Levy, president and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. His presentation will focus on the role hospitalists will play in the hospital of the future.
On Sunday, HM thought-leader Robert Wachter, MD, FHM, chief of the hospital medicine division, professor, and associate chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco, a former SHM president, and author of the blog Wachter’s World, will share his thoughts about how healthcare reform will change HM, and vice versa.
Sandwiched in between will be sessions on every area of hospital medicine, including:
- Quality improvement;
- Hospitalist practice management;
- New research in HM;
- Clinical practice; and
- Pediatric HM.
For more information, visit the HM10 section of www.hospitalmedicine.org.
Apply for FHM, SFHM
The deadline for SHM Fellow applications is Jan. 15. This year, in addition to new fellows, the first class of senior fellows (SFHM) will be inducted at HM10.
More than 500 hospitalists were a part of the inaugural class of fellows introduced at HM09. Since then, the letters have begun to pop up everywhere. Hospitalists across the country are attaching “FHM” to their name and credentials for additional prestige and credibility among their peers.
Based on SHM’s Core Competencies in Hospital Medicine, the FHM and SFHM designations represent a hospitalist’s commitment to excellence, systems change, and QI. In addition to demonstrated experience in teamwork, leadership, and QI (scored on a point-based system), all qualified candidates must have:
- Five years completed as a practicing hospitalist;
- No disciplinary action that resulted in the suspension or revocation of credentials or license within five years; and
- Two SHM member endorsements.
Requirements for the SFHM designation are similar to that of FHM but require additional experience in leadership. In addition to using the SFHM designation, all fellows receive a personalized certificate from SHM, a listing on the SHM Web site, and a discount on SHM events and materials.
For more information, visit www. hospitalmedicine.org/fellows.
Get Involved in Advocacy
The future of healthcare delivery is being formed now. And it will change how every provider works.
Hospitalists will play a major role in healthcare reform, but it doesn’t end there. The extent of their impact will depend on their knowledge of the issues and their ability to reach out to members of Congress and others in government.
SHM’s Advocacy section at www.hospitalmedicine.org provides members all the information and resources to make a real difference, including:
- Resources from SHM, including position papers and public letters to government officials;
- Resources from other influential healthcare organizations;
- Monthly updates on legislation and other government activities that affect hospital medicine; and
- SHM’s Legislative Action Center.
For hospitalists new to public advocacy, SHM’s Legislative Action Center is a one-stop shop for learning more about the most pressing policy issues affecting HM. In less than 10 minutes, visitors can get up to speed on the issues and contact their members of Congress with a customizable e-mail or personal note. To get involved, visit www.hosp italmedicine.org/advocacy.