SHM will induct its second class of Masters in Hospital Medicine (MHM) at HM11 in May, and while each of the four honorees says the title is a personal honor, they all emphasize that it is a professional point of pride to see just how far HM has come in the past 15 years.
"For the specialty, it brings identity and awareness of all that we do," Erin Stucky, MD, MHM, a pediatric hospitalist at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, wrote in an email. "We are QI in mortal form, acting and pressing on to deliver excellence in healthcare within our systems. Each of us, members of the society, those with FHM, SFHM, and MHM—we each deliver on this promise every day."
The other MHMs, each of whom spoke to The Hospitalist via email, are:
Ron Greeno, MD, MHM, chief medical officer for Cogent Healthcare and a member of SHM's Public Policy Committee. "I've had the privilege of working in hospital medicine for 18 years and, along with my colleagues at Cogent, have helped shape the field," Dr. Greeno says. "To be one of a handful of hospitalists to be named a Master in Hospital Medicine is truly exciting, but equally exciting is to see the growing leadership capabilities of a number of our younger colleagues who will become the future leaders of our specialty."
Russell L. Holman, MD, MHM, Cogent's COO and past president of SHM. "Our specialty is constantly evolving; there is no paved road before us," Dr. Holman says. "We are cutting the path, and are part of an historical transformation of the way care is provided in this country. Twenty years from now we will reflect on an enduring legacy of dramatically improving the quality, safety, and sustainability of care for hospitalized patients. The privilege of being part of this movement is rewarding and inspirational for me."
Mary Jo Gorman, MD, MBA, MHM, former SHM president and CEO of St. Louis-based Advanced ICU Care. "It is a terrific honor to be recognized by SHM in this way," Dr. Gorman says. "The group that is included has accomplished many things and it's gratifying to be recognized with them. It’s hard to believe that SHM has come so far that we have fellows and masters in the society! Those early days seem a long way away!"
SHM has now recognized seven MHMs. Last year's class consisted of Winthrop F. Whitcomb, MD, MHM, Robert Wachter, MD, MHM, and John Nelson, MD, MHM. Each is recognized for what SHM says is the "utmost demonstration of dedication to the field of hospital medicine through significant contributions to the development and maturation of the profession."