The best research in hospital medicine will be front and center today in the “Best of Research and Innovations in 2018” part of this morning’s plenary session.
New research also will figure prominently in the second “Clinical Vignettes Poster Competition” at lunchtime today.
During the plenary session, investigators will present the top-rated research among hundreds of submissions, said Ethan Cumbler, MD, FHM, chair of the Research, Innovations, Vignettes (RIV) competition and professor of medicine and medical director of the University of Colorado Acute Care Center for the Elderly, Denver, unit. Three independent, blinded reviewers chose the abstracts for oral presentation after rating them based on originality, scientific rigor, and importance to hospital medicine, he said. These oral presentations are meant not only to provide information to other hospitalists but also to inspire hospitalists to engage in research themselves.
“I think about it as a collective celebration of how far the field of hospital medicine has advanced in the last year and its potential moving forward,” Dr. Cumbler said. “My fundamental view is every hospitalist can and should be examining what they’re doing, thinking about how to do it better, and, by God, sharing it with the rest of us when they figure out that something can work better.”
Even as a veteran hospitalist, Dr. Cumbler said he still gets inspired by research presented in the RIV.
“When I see the RIV posters or come to hear the oral presentations, I get inspired, because I get to see what other people are doing in their local microenvironments, in their laboratories, in their hospitals,” he said. “And often I think ... ‘We could be doing stuff just that exciting.’ Often, it’s a chance to collaborate with the people whose work is inspiring you, or to take a great idea and run with it.”
At the Clinical Vignettes competition, research will focus on lessons learned from specific cases, Dr. Cumbler said.