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Ready to be a Fellow in Hospital Medicine?


 

If you’re ready to demonstrate your commitment to HM and hospitalized patients, you still have time to submit your SHM fellowship application.

The deadline for 2013 applications is Jan. 18. To apply online or learn more, visit www.hospitalmedicine.org/fellows.

The class of 2013 Fellows will be inducted during a plenary session at SHM’s annual meeting in May in National Harbor, Md.

This year’s class will reach a milestone—not just for hospital medicine, but for all of healthcare. SHM has expanded eligibility in its Fellowship in Hospital Medicine program to include nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs), and HM practice administrators. By opening the designation to nonphysicians, SHM becomes the only medical society to offer a singular designation to the entire care team.

SHM members who meet eligibility criteria are recognized as Fellows each year at the annual meeting. Based on current membership, SHM estimates that more than 300 NPs, PAs, and administrators are eligible immediately; thousands more will be eligible after they meet the three-year membership requirement for fellow status.

“We are proud to be able to recognize excellence within the specialty and contributions to the field by nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and practice administrators,” says SHM President Shaun Frost, MD, SFHM. “The standards by which SHM fellows are measured promote the highest quality of patient care and systems efficiency. And they can be equally applied to physicians, NPs, PAs, and administrators within the hospital medicine specialty.”

SHM’s Fellows program is rooted in the society’s Core Competencies in Hospital Medicine, and those who earn the Fellow in Hospital Medicine (FHM) or Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine (SFHM) designation have demonstrated a commitment to hospital medicine, system change, and quality-improvement (QI) principles.

All candidates for the designation are required to submit applications that demonstrate experience, organizational teamwork and leadership, and a dedication to lifelong learning. Applicants must receive endorsement from practitioners in the field and are subject to committee review.

“Hospital medicine was built on the principle that caregivers must act as a team,” Dr. Frost says. “We are honored to recognize more members of that team today through our Fellows designation.”


Brendon Shank is associate vice president of communications for SHM.

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