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Society of Hospital Medicine Sponsors Choosing Wisely Case Study Competition


Dr. Bulger

In 2013, SHM was the first medical specialty to submit two separate lists to the popular Choosing Wisely campaign, created by the ABIM Foundation. The lists—one for hospitalists treating adult patients and another for pediatric hospitalists—were developed to help providers have important conversations with their patients about providing the highest value care at the best time.

This year, SHM is asking hospitalists to show how they have implemented any one of the recommendations from SHM’s two lists. And SHM is offering up to $4,000 to the hospitalist/group that submits the best case study. The committee that developed SHM’s Choosing Wisely recommendations will judge the case studies.

“The competition gives hospitalists the opportunity to highlight the wonderful work they do every day aimed at creating patient-centered value,” says John Bulger, DO, MBA, FACP, SFHM, who chaired SHM’s Choosing Wisely committee. “By sharing, hospitalists have the chance to impact the care of larger populations outside of their own hospitals and help colleagues across the nation and around the globe. Finally, the cash prize adds a little extra incentive.”

According to Dr. Bulger, the activity should be centered around one of SHM’s adult or pediatric Choosing Wisely recommendations, and the improvement work should have started after Jan. 1, 2013. Submissions are due Sept. 9.

SHM’s Choosing Wisely case study competition is made possible by a grant awarded by the ABIM Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help extend the reach of the Choosing Wisely campaign.

“We hope to spur interest in hospitals sharing their successes and challenges with implementing the Choosing Wisely guidelines,” Dr. Bulger adds. “Competition is sometimes a powerful motivator. In addition, we plan to broadly share the case studies we receive as part of a Compendium of Hospitalists Guide to Choosing Wisely.”

To submit a Choosing Wisely case study to SHM or to review SHM’s Choosing Wisely recommendations, visit

SHM Choosing Wisely Case Study Competition

The case study competition is an opportunity for you to describe how you or your hospital implemented a Choosing Wisely recommendation or used a recommendation to design a project. Submissions are due Sept. 9.

  • Project must have begun after Jan. 1, 2013.
  • First authors must be SHM members in good standing.
  • One hospital/individual can submit for multiple projects. One idea per submission (global initiative or specific project aimed at one recommendation).
  • Prizes totaling $20,000. One Grand Prize adult winner ($4,000), three Honorable Mention adult winners ($2,000 each); one Grand Prize Pediatric winner ($4,000), three Honorable Mention pediatric winners ($2,000 each).

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