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Society of Hospital Medicine Leadership Academy Provides Practical Tips, Hands-On Collaboration, Networking for Hospitalists


Leadership Academy

Nov. 3-6

Honolulu, Hawaii

In April, The Hospitalist explored the many paths that hospitalists have taken to leadership positions within their hospitals. Among the many skill sets required to grow as a leader in the hospital, hospital CEOs, presidents, and others noted that hospitalists have a unique grasp on the ability to deal with complexity and solve problems within the hospital.

Those very skills—and many others—are the focus of SHM’s Leadership Academy, presented Nov. 3-6 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Leadership Academy comprises three different courses, each of which will be available at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort:

  • Leadership Foundations;
  • Advanced Leadership: Influential Management; and
  • Advanced Leadership: Mastering Teamwork.

Details and registration are now available at

Hospitalist Binu Pappachen, MD, who will be attending one of the Advanced Leadership sessions in Hawaii, plans on completing the program and earning SHM’s Certificate of Leadership in Hospital Medicine.

“I consider this as a great opportunity for my road ahead, get to know more people, and networking,” says Dr. Pappachen, who highly recommends the training to fellow hospitalists. “The first academy course was an eye opener to the different aspects of medicine, team-building, problem solving, and business aspects.”

In fact, Dr. Pappachen feels as though Leadership Academy already has made him a better hospitalist. “A better team player, committed and taking ownership of what I do,” he says.

All three courses focus on practical leadership, hands-on collaboration, and networking. In fact, Leadership Academy alumni have begun their own community on SHM’s online collaboration forum, HMX (

Brendon Shank is SHM’s associate vice president of communications.

PAST Attendees Speak Out

“As a newly elected program director, I now have the tools to develop my management skills and manage change effectively within my group. I've learned which metrics are most relevant as we develop our dashboard, which aligns with administration’s goals. I feel much more confident and feel I have a clear direction as I return to work on Monday.”

—attendee, 2012 Foundations for Effective Leadership

“What a wealth of information! I am so looking forward to using the tools I have learned to apply to make our good hospital, our good group, into a great hospital and great hospitalist group.”

—attendee, 2012 Foundations for Effective Leadership

“I will use team building to create a more cohesive, effective, and organized meeting that enhances a true TEAM EFFORT! I loved this conference!”

—attendee, Winter 2012

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