Newly elected board member Erin Stucky Fisher, MD, MHM, says that SHM should set its sights high when it comes to the quality of hospital care and the leadership role of hospitalists in improving the healthcare system.
A board-certified pediatrician and hospitalist at Rady Children's Hospital of San Diego, Dr. Fisher was elected via online voting in January to fill an at-large seat on SHM's 12-member board and starts her three-year term at SHM's annual meeting in Dallas in May.
"My vision of SHM is as the go-to medical society for clinical effectiveness in the hospital and for quality improvement and collaboration," Dr. Fisher says. "SHM represents systems, predominantly but not exclusively physician-based, and that's a huge strength for us. We have a different kind of opportunity because of what and who the society represents."
Key to SHM's leadership is promoting education, from workshops and conferences to supporting the Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine recertification process for hospitalists and, eventually, specific credentialing for pediatric hospitalists, she says.
"Working within this robust body, we need to leverage the great products and tools that are out there," she says. "How do we make sure we're offering more? How do we create that expectation from our members? We need to be hard on ourselves as leaders, and prove that we deserve to lead."
Dr. Fisher, a graduate of the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine, completed her residency at UC San Diego and today serves there as professor of clinical pediatrics and director of a pediatric hospital medicine fellowship. She was awarded Masters in Hospital Medicine earlier this year and, in 2006, its recognition for outstanding service in hospital medicine.