Welcome to Hospital Medicine 2018 (HM18), the largest conference ever held specifically for hospital medicine. The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) is proud that HM18 brings together a broad range of stakeholders in hospital medicine, including physicians of many specialties, acute care providers, administrators, pharmacists, C-suite executives, recruiters, and educators. Your decision to join your colleagues at HM18 demonstrates your commitment to not only the specialty of hospital medicine but also to the patients you serve.
This year’s renowned speakers will present important sessions addressing the rapidly evolving health care landscape. To open the main conference on April 9, Kate Goodrich, MD, MHS, chief medical officer and director of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, and a practicing hospitalist, will present her featured address, “Payment Reform is Here: What Hospitalists Need to Know.” You will also hear from the president of SHM, Ron Greeno, MD, FCCP, MHM, about the state of hospital medicine.
On April 9, be sure to attend one of SHM’s Special Interest Forums, where you can choose to network and connect with other hospitalists interested in the same things you are. There are 29 forums from which to choose. On April 10, SHM will open the first-ever International Hospital Medicine Lounge. We hope to welcome more than 100 hospitalists from around the world to HM18.
On April 11, HM18 concludes with the closing keynote, titled “Hospitalists as Drivers of Innovation and System Change: Are We Doing Enough?” presented by Robert M. Wachter, MD, MHM, chief of the department of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and the author of “Hospital Medicine” and “The Digital Doctor.”
Please make sure to download the HM18 At Hand meeting app, a wonderful resource for every HM18 attendee that puts the meeting at your fingertips. Create an individualized conference experience from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.
Don’t miss the opportunity to meet one on one with members of SHM’s Board of Directors, who will be available in the SHM Pavilion, located in the Exhibit Hall, during scheduled visit times. Please consult the Meet the Board schedule in the HM18 At Hand app for further information.
On behalf of the SHM Board of Directors and staff, welcome to HM18 and to Orlando. Through this conference’s rich selection of educational opportunities, research offerings, and networking events, SHM continues to further its mission to promote excellence in the practice of hospital medicine. SHM remains at the forefront of health care today, continuing to empower hospitalists and revolutionize patient care.
Dr. Wellikson is CEO of SHM.