Welcome to Day 2 of HM18!


I hope all of you enjoyed Day 1 as much as I did. The quality and variety of the presentations yesterday were stellar, and I am sure today will be the same.

The day begins with the Best of Research and Innovations, where the cream of the crop from the hundreds of submitted projects will be presented and recognized. Following that will be the Awards of Excellence, Society of Hospital Medicine’s annual celebration of the very best of our members for their years of stellar contributions in areas such as teaching, clinical excellence, and service to hospital medicine. You will be inspired by the accomplishments of our colleagues who are receiving these awards. They demonstrate to all of us how our specialty improves the health care delivered in our nation’s hospitals.

Dr. Ron Greeno, president of the Society of Hospital Medicine, and senior adviser for medical affairs, TeamHealth

Dr. Ron Greeno

Our plenary speaker of the morning will be our very own Larry Wellikson, MD, MHM, who will give us his own perspectives on “Future Challenges for Hospital Medicine,” calling on his more than 2 decades of experience as the creative and accomplished CEO of SHM.

After the morning sessions, please join us for a real treat at noon when we have the honor of hearing from our visiting colleagues from the Japanese Society of Hospital General Medicine who will talk to us about hospital medicine in Japan. As much as we come to HM18 to learn from our U.S. colleagues who are doing extraordinary things here at home, this is a unique opportunity to learn from the leaders of one of our international partners how they are shaping the rapidly growing hospitalist movement in Japan.

That will be closely followed by the can’t-miss “Update in Hospital Medicine,” presented this year by Cindy Cooper, MD, and Barbara Slawski, MD, MS, SFHM. And especially important to our students, residents, and younger members, there is an evening session entitled, “Mastering the Job Interview,” a workshop for those who should always be looking to hone the nonclinical skills essential to long-term career success.

Like Day 1, this is a day chockfull of clinical and management presentations to meet everyone’s needs. There are too many to call out, but allow me to pick my personal favorite titles of the day, starting with “Waiting in Line for ‘It’s a Small World’ and Other Things We Do for No Reason” and “Let It Flow: CPAP, BIPAP, and High-Flow Oxygen.”

Yesterday kicked off HM18 with aplomb, and tomorrow we wrap up. So make the most of Day 2 today, and take advantage of the terrific work of our fellow hospitalists. During the breaks, visit the Exhibit Hall to explore, mingle, and thank our exhibitors for supporting our society and our conference.

Please stop by to greet the SHM staff who have made this conference another great success at the SHM Pavilion in the Exhibit Hall. While you’re there, take a chance to meet and chat with SHM board members who will be there throughout the conference.


Dr. Greeno is president of the Society of Hospital Medicine and chief strategy officer at IPC Healthcare.

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