Specialty Hospitalists to Meet in Vegas


Medical professionals from across the country will attend the first national meeting on the topic of specialty hospitalists Nov. 4 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Sponsored by SHM, the American Hospital Association, the Neurohospitalist Society, and, the gathering is for anyone interested in adopting a hospital-focused model of practice, including physician and nonphysician clinicians, as well as those in medical support industries, such as insurance carriers, policymakers, and healthcare media.

According to organizers, the one-day meeting will be structured to encourage networking and exchange of ideas among attendees, and will include presentations, panel discussions, and Q&A sessions.

"This is less 'Come hear from people who have this all figured out' … it's 'Come hear from people who are thinking about this a lot.' But the attendees are a big part of the knowledge base," says John Nelson, MD, MHM, hospitalist medical director at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, Wash.

Dr. Nelson, cofounder and past president of SHM as well as the Nov. 4 meeting director, says he hopes to bring together healthcare leaders from diverse backgrounds to share their experiences and insights. Since this movement is growing organically rather than descending from a central agency, organizers expect to centralize the sharing of ideas and best practices.

Nearly 60 interested parties have pre-registered for the meeting, according to SHM. Attendees will take what they have learned back to their own hospitals or businesses, Dr. Nelson says, and continue the conversation with their colleagues.

The cost to attend the meeting is $350 and seats remain available; register by phone, 800-843-3360, or via the SHM website.

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