Hospital Medicine in Japan slated as one of several internationally focused events at HM18


The work of the Japanese Society of Hospital General Medicine – the foremost membership organization supporting hospitalists in Japan – will be the focus of “Hospital Medicine in Japan” on Tuesday from 12:45-1:30 p.m. in Grand Ballroom 12-14.

Dr. Larry Wellikson, CEO of the Society of Hospital Medicine

Dr. Larry Wellikson

“Hospital Medicine is being adopted and spread around the world,” stated Larry Wellikson, MD, MHM, the CEO of SHM. “We have invited the leaders of the Japanese Society of Hospital General Medicine to come to HM18 to give our attendees the inside story on how hospital medicine is changing the management of acutely ill patients in Japan.

The Japanese society held its 15th annual conference in September 2017. SHM was represented on the faculty by outgoing Board President Ron Greeno, MD, MHM.

Hospital Medicine in Japan will be led by three prominent Japanese hospitalists: Jun Hayashi, MD, PhD, of Kyushu University Hospital in Fukuoka; Toshio Naito, MD, PhD, of Juntendo University in Tokyo; and Susumu Tazuma, MD, PhD, of Hiroshima University Hospital. Dr. Naito is also president of the Japanese Society.

Ethan Gray SHM vice president of membership

Ethan Gray

“For the past several years, SHM has taken a more deliberate approach to cultivating international relationships,” said Ethan Gray, CAE, vice president of SHM membership.

“Similar to the factors that influence hospital medicine implementation in general, SHM’s role around the world will need to be nuanced,” he said. “The society is taking cues from leaders on the ground to determine how we can be supportive.”


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