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The latest news about upcoming events, new programs, and SHM initiatives


HM17 On Demand now available

Couldn’t make it to Las Vegas for SHM’s annual meeting, Hospital Medicine 2017? HM17 On Demand gives you access to over 80 online audio and slide recordings from the hottest tracks, including clinical updates, rapid fire, pediatrics, comanagement, quality, and high-value care.

Additionally, you can earn up to 70 American Medical Association Physician Recognition Award Category 1 Credit(s) and up to 30 American Board of Internal Medicine Maintenance of Certification credits. HM17 attendees can also benefit by earning additional credits on the sessions you missed out on.

To easily access content through SHM’s Learning Portal, visit to learn more.

Chapter Excellence Awards

SHM is proud to recognize outstanding chapters for the fourth annual Chapter Excellence Awards. Each year, chapters strive to demonstrate growth, sustenance, and innovation within their chapter activities.

View more at Please join SHM in congratulating the following chapters on their success!

Silver Chapters

Boston Association of Academic Hospital Medicine (BAAHM)

Charlotte Metro Area



Los Angeles


North Jersey

Pacific Northwest

Philadelphia Tri-State

Rocky Mountain

San Francisco Bay

South Central PA

Gold Chapters

New Mexico


Platinum Chapters




St. Louis

Outstanding Chapter of the Year


Rising Star Chapter


Student Hospitalist Scholar grant winners

SHM’s Student Hospitalist Scholar Grant provides funds with which medical students can conduct mentored scholarly projects related to quality improvement and patient safety in the field of hospital medicine. The program offers a summer and a longitudinal option.

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Student Hospitalist Scholar Grant recipients:Summer Program

Anton Garazha

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

“Effectiveness of Communication During ICU to Ward Transfer and Association with Medical ICU Readmission”

Cole Hirschfeld

Weill Cornell Medical College

“The Role of Diagnostic Bone Biopsies in the Management of Osteomyelitis”

Farah Hussain

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

“Better Understanding Clinical Deterioration in a Children’s Hospital”

Longitudinal Program

Monisha Bhatia

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

“Using Electronic Medical Record Phenotypic Data to Predict Discharge Destination”

Victor Ekuta

University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

“Reducing CAUTI with Noninvasive UC Alternatives and Measure-vention”

Yun Li

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

“Developing and implementing clinical pathway(s) for hospitalized injection drug users due to injection-related infection sequelae”

Learn more about the Student Hospitalist Scholar Grant at

SPARK ONE: A tool to teach residents

SPARK ONE is a comprehensive, online self-assessment tool created specifically for hospital medicine professionals. The activity contains 450+ vignette-style multiple-choice questions covering 100% of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine (FPHM) exam blueprint. This online tool can be utilized as a training mechanism for resident education on hospital medicine.

SHM Trending News and Notes

As a benefit of SHM membership, residents will receive a free subscription. SPARK ONE provides in-depth review of the following content areas:

  • Cardiology
  • Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine
  • Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • Nephrology and Urology
  • Endocrinology
  • Hematology and Oncology
  • Neurology
  • Allergy, Immunology, Dermatology, Rheumatology and Transitions in Care
  • Palliative Care, Medical Ethics and Decision-making
  • Perioperative Medicine and Consultative Co-management
  • Patient Safety
  • Quality, Cost and Clinical Reasoning

“SPARK ONE provides a unique platform for academic institutions, engaging learners in directed learning sessions, reinforcing teaching points as we encounter specific conditions.” – Rachel E. Thompson, MD, MPH, SFHM

Visit to learn more.

Sharpen your coding with the updated CODE-H

SHM’s Coding Optimally by Documenting Effectively for Hospitalists (CODE-H) has launched an updated program with all new content. It will now include eight recorded webinar sessions presented by expert faculty, downloadable resources, and an interactive discussion forum through the Hospital Medicine Exchange (HMX), enabling participants to ask questions and learn the most relevant best practices.

Following each webinar, learners will have the opportunity to complete an evaluation to redeem continuing medical education credits.

Webinars in the series include:

  • E/M Basics Part I
  • E/M Basics Part II
  • Utilizing Other Providers in Your Practice
  • EMR and Mitigating Risk
  • Putting Time into Critical Care Documentation
  • Time Based Services
  • Navigating the Rules for Hospitalist Visits
  • Challenges of Concurrent Care

To purchase CODE-H, visit If you have questions about the new program, please contact [email protected].

Set yourself apart as a Fellow in Hospital Medicine

The Fellow in Hospital Medicine (FHM) designation signals your commitment to the hospital medicine specialty and dedication to quality improvement and patient safety. This designation is available for hospital medicine practitioners, including practice administrators, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. If you meet the prerequisites and complete the requirements, which are rooted in the Core Competencies in Hospital Medicine, you can apply for this prestigious designation and join more than 1,100 FHMs who are dedicated to the field of hospital medicine. Learn more and apply at

New guide & modules on multimodal pain strategies for postoperative pain management

Pain management can pose multiple challenges in the acute care setting for hospitalists and front-line prescribers. While their first priority is to optimally manage pain in their patients, they also face the challenges of treating diverse patient populations, managing patient expectations, and considering how pain control and perceptions affect Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems scores. Furthermore, because of the ongoing opioid epidemic, prescribers must ensure that pain is managed responsibly and ethically.

To address these issues, SHM developed a guide to address how to work in an interdisciplinary team, identify impediments to implementation, and provide examples of appropriate pain management. In accompaniment with this Multimodal Pain Strategies Guide for Postoperative Pain Management, there are three modules presented by the authors which supplement the electronic guide.

To download the guide or view the modules, visit

Proven excellence through a unique education style: Academic Hospitalist Academy

Don’t miss the eighth annual Academic Hospitalist Academy (AHA), Sept. 25-28, 2017, at the Lakeway Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas. AHA attendees experience an energizing, interactive learning environment featuring didactics, small-group exercise and skill-building breakout sessions. Each full day of learning is facilitated by leading clinician-educators, hospitalist researchers, and clinical administrators in a 1 to 10 faculty to student ratio.

The Principal Goals of the Academy are to:

  • Develop junior academic hospitalists as the premier teachers and educational leaders at their institutions
  • Help academic hospitalists develop scholarly work and increase scholarly output
  • Enhance awareness of the value of quality improvement and patient safety work
  • Support academic promotion of all attendees

Don’t miss out on this unique, hands-on experience. Register before July 18, 2017, to receive the early-bird rates. Visit to learn more.

Choosing Wisely Case Study compendium now available

The Choosing Wisely Case Study Competition, hosted by SHM, sought submissions from hospitalists on innovative improvement initiatives implemented in their respective institutions. These initiatives reflect and promote movement toward reducing unnecessary medical tests and procedures and changing a culture that dictates, “More care is better care.”

Submissions were judged by the Choosing Wisely Subcommittee, a panel of SHM members, under adult and pediatric categories. One grand prize winner and three honorable mentions were selected from these categories. The compendium includes these case studies along with additional exemplary submissions.

View the Choosing Wisely Case Study Compendium at

Strengthen your interactions with the 5 Rs of Cultural Humility

Look inside this issue for your 5 Rs of Cultural Humility pocket card. It can be easily referenced on rounds and shared with colleagues. We hope to achieve heightened awareness of effective interactions. In addition to the definitions of each of the Rs, the card features questions to ask yourself before, during, and after every interaction to aid in attaining cultural humility.

For more information, visit

Brett Radler is communications specialist at the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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