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.