Are you ready to shape the future of hospital medicine, collaborate with leaders in the field, and advance your career? Now is the time—by nominating yourself (or a colleague) for any one of dozens of SHM committees or the board of directors. But don’t delay: The deadline for nominations is Oct. 21.
To learn more about SHM’s 20-plus committees and submit a nomination, visit www.hospitalmedicine.org/committees.
To learn about board eligibility, visit the “About SHM” section at www.hospitalmedicine.org and select “Election Information.”
Why get involved in committees or SHM’s board of directors? Here are some of the reasons current leaders in the field got involved:
Eric Howell, MD, SFHM, SHM president; chief of the division of hospital medicine, John Hopkins Bayview Hospital, Baltimore
The most valuable thing to me is interacting with the nation’s HM leaders, not just other board members. Serving on the board provides connections with many of the best and brightest in our field, from “masters” to brilliant staff, and many, many insightful and thoughtful members.
Serving on the board has been a huge help in my career. The networking is fabulous and absolutely cannot be understated. Plus, you learn a ton from serving on the board, from cutting-edge topics to being involved in areas of HM that might not be present at your home institution. There are multiple opportunities to grow and advance your own leadership skills, from running for a board of directors officer position (treasurer, secretary, president) to opportunities to participate in the Leadership Academy to the AHA to QSEA and more.
Nasim Afsar, MD, SFHM, SHM board member; associate chief medical officer, assistant clinical professor, medicine and neurosurgery, executive director of quality and safety, medicine and neurosurgery, UCLA Hospitals, Los Angeles.
If you want to work on challenges facing our specialty, with an incredibly insightful, dedicated, and thoughtful group, come on board. Participating as an SHM board member is invaluable. We have such a dedicated and accomplished group of colleagues focused on the challenges in health care, and we are working toward solutions for the future.
It has enabled me to have a broader perspective on the field of hospital medicine as well as the various roles hospitalists play locally and nationally.
Alexander Carbo, MD, SFHM, SHM Membership Committee chair; assistant professor of medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
There are several benefits to serving on an SHM committee. It allows you to meet and collaborate with a fantastic group of individuals, and easily establishes connections that would otherwise take much longer to foster. It also allows you to participate in the field at a national level: If there is something that you are passionate about, committee service can provide a platform for that passion.
It is great fun to participate in SHM committees and to be a part of the process in which this society shapes policy and provides educational opportunities for hospitalists.
Serving on an SHM committee has certainly expanded my network of contacts within hospital medicine!
We are trying to listen to what front-line providers want and need to know about patient safety and quality improvement, and to provide that information for them.
Kim Dickinson, MA, RRT, SFHM, SHM Administrators Committee chair; executive vice president, Acute Services Hospitalists Now Inc., Tucson, Ariz.
I have appreciated the opportunity for continued personal leadership development and the ability to interact closely with others in our industry. I have found hospitalists to be very transparent regarding improving patient care best practices.
It is fun. You meet a subset of people you may have never known. Deep friendships are formed. HM is a large specialty in a very small world. People I have worked with in past committees resurface in my life with regularity.
Our committee has been active in providing broad education about the best practices in HM administration, as well as providing a fellowship track for nonphysicians. This is a landmark achievement for us. Recognition for being part of the HM transformation of health care is immensely satisfying.
Tierza Stephan, MD, FACP, SFHM, SHM Practice Analysis Committee member, hospitalist regional medical director, Allina Health, Minneapolis
Serving on the Practice Analysis Committee has helped me to be a more informed, credible source of hospitalist information for senior leaders in my organization. It has definitely provided me a set of knowledgeable hospitalist colleagues outside of my health system to whom I can turn to for advice and help with problem-solving.
Hospitalists across the country share an amazing number of similar issues despite every hospital having its own unique culture. It’s helpful to hear others talk about the solutions they’ve considered and tried, what went well, and what didn’t. I’ve learned more about the complexity of analyzing a hospitalist practice.
Kendall M. Rogers, MD, CPE, FACP, SFHM, SHM IT Executive Committee chair, associate professor of medicine, chief of the division of hospital medicine, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque
My time on SHM committees has been one of the most professionally satisfying activities I have engaged in. In addition to meeting and working closely with national leaders and role models, it has expanded my local idea of what our HM group was capable of achieving by seeing the accomplishments of others and allowing me to incorporate many aspects of these practices without having to develop it from scratch. It also has given me a great sense of pride in our specialty, which has also added to my job satisfaction.
Much of this would not have been possible without the support structure I have built through SHM, which all began with serving on one committee. That has grown to chairing committees, serving as SHM faculty, being a mentee, then mentor, then lead mentor in SHM’s mentored implementation programs.
Committee membership gives you a source of professional satisfaction that is different from your local work. It ties you into a network of people with similar interests while also making you more effective in your local work.
As chair of the Information Technology (IT) Executive Committee, I received a message from my administrative assistant that stated: “The Society of Hospital Medicine called and they need you to go to the White House next week.” I was invited to represent SHM at a town hall meeting on IT with the ONC director at the White House with SHM’s senior advisor for advocacy and government affairs. I have traveled with the CEO, Larry Wellikson, to visit major [electronic medical records] vendors and advocate for the IT tools we need for our members to provide the highest quality of care.