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SHM Offers Multitude of Educational, Professional Development Opportunities


In addition to the annual meeting, SHM and its partners bring hospitalists the very best in education, professional development, and networking in the form of in-person meetings.

July: Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Every year, hundreds of pediatric hospitalists come together to share their passion for caring for hospitalized children. This year, Pediatric Hospital Medicine 2012 will convene July 19-22 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, just outside Cincinnati. The meeting is co-sponsored by the Academic Pediatric Association, SHM, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

For details and to register, visit

October: Leadership Academy

SHM’s Leadership Academy continues to create the next generation of hospitalist leaders and sharpen the skills of existing leaders.

SHM will present its next industry-leading Leadership Academy Oct. 1-4 in Scottsdale, Ariz. The program will feature the popular “Foundations of Effective Leadership” course and the second-level “Advanced Leadership: Strategies and Tools for Personal Leadership Excellence” course.

Both courses build leadership skills for hospitalists, or, as more than one hospitalist has called the curriculum, “everything they don’t teach you in medical school.”

In the highly interactive, four-day “Foundations of Effective Leadership” course, hospitalists learn how to evaluate personal leadership strengths and weaknesses, create and execute a communication strategy for key team members, understand key hospital drivers, and examine how hospital metrics are derived.

The “Advanced Leadership: Strategies and Tools for Personal Leadership Excellence” program provides skills building for hospitalists who want to drive culture change through specific leadership behaviors and actions. It also delves deep into financial storytelling, effective professional negotiation activities with proven techniques, and more.

“Advanced Leadership” is a second-level course and is open only to hospitalists who have completed the “Foundations of Effective Leadership” course, or who have earned an advanced management degree, such as an MBA.

Both courses are required for the new Leadership Certification program, which gives hospitalists the ability to demonstrate their leadership skills through certification.

Hospitalists planning to take any Leadership Academy course should note that, starting in 2013, Leadership Academy courses will be offered only in the fall.

For details and registration, visit

Anytime: Online Education

Hospitalists working to demonstrate their expertise and commitment to HM through the Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine designation can earn Maintenance of Certification (MOC) self-evaluation points and CME credit online at

SHM’s Medical Knowledge Modules are online learning and self-evaluation tools that provide the user with industry-leading instruction on quality-improvement (QI) theory; project design; system processes; measurement; chance science; tools for implementation; epidemiology of patient safety; and error types, disclosure, prevention strategies, and theory.

Three Medical Knowledge Modules are available: Hospital QI and Patient Safety, Hospital QI and Patient Safety II, and Pediatric Hospital QI and Patient Safety. Each online module consists of 25 multiple-choice questions. If the correct answer is chosen, the module provides a rationale explaining why that answer was correct. When an incorrect answer is selected, users are encouraged to try again.

Each module will earn hospitalists 10 self-evaluation points for diplomates enrolled in ABIM’s MOC program and three AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits.

SHM will continue to roll out other topics throughout 2012.

Brendon Shank is SHM associate vice president of communications.

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