The Annual Conference Committee takes applications every year. Once you have some experience planning conferences or coordinating speakers, it would definitely be worth applying. You may not be selected your first year, but do not let that discourage you! Demonstrating interest and perseverance goes a long way. There are also many other national SHM committees to join and other ways to get involved. Your willingness to provide some of your time makes the society – and the specialty – what it is.
Ms. Steele is the marketing communications specialist at the Society of Hospital Medicine.