Career development: One of many new focal points at HM 2018

Kathleen Finn, MD, FACP, FHM, shares advice on getting involved


Editor’s note: Each month, the Society of Hospital Medicine puts the spotlight on some of our most active members who are making substantial contributions to hospital medicine. Visit for more information on how you can lend your expertise to help SHM improve the care of hospitalized patients.

This month, The Hospitalist spotlights Kathleen Finn, MD, M. Phil, FACP, FHM, the inpatient associate program director of the internal medicine residency program at Massachusetts General Hospital and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, both in Boston. Dr. Finn has been a member of the Society of Hospital Medicine’s Annual Conference Committee for the past 8 years and is the course director for Hospital Medicine 2018 (HM18), to be held April 8-11 in Orlando.

When did you become a member of SHM, and how did you initially become involved with the Annual Conference Committee?

Dr. Kathleen Finn, inpatient associate program director, internal medicine residency program, Massachusetts General Hospital, and assistant professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston
Dr. Kathleen Finn
I was a member of the National Association of Inpatient Physicians and then became a member of SHM when the name changed. Early on, I remember attending a hospitalist conference when it was just a precourse. It’s been amazing to see how hospital medicine has grown, with the national conference now 3 days long, with its own precourses, attracting more than 5,000 hospitalists.


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