Editor’s note: Each month, the Society of Hospital Medicine puts the spotlight on some of our most active members who are making substantial contributions to hospital medicine. Visit www.hospitalmedicine.org for more information on how you can lend your expertise to help improve the care of hospitalized patients.
This month, The Hospitalist is spotlighting Jeffrey Grill, MD, a professor in department of pediatrics, the chief of the division of pediatric hospital medicine at the University of Louisville (Ky.), and the director of Just for Kids Hospitalist Service at Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville. Dr. Grill has been a member of the Pediatrics Committee since 2012, has been instrumental in leading the transition from committee to special interest group (SIG), and is on the Pediatric Hospital Medicine 2018 Planning Committee.
Why did you become a member of SHM?
After being in a general pediatrics practice for a few years, I saw a lot of value in and got a lot of support from working with other outpatient pediatricians and the American Academy of Pediatrics. When I left that outpatient practice to focus on hospital pediatrics 13 years ago, I needed to find people who knew a lot more than I did about inpatient work and an organization that could support my growth and development in this new role. Of course, SHM was the answer.
I knew there was a ton I could learn from the internists who had been doing this work a lot longer and senior pediatric hospitalists who could share their experiences. I found all of that, and more, and was honored to join the Pediatrics Committee in 2012 to help serve the community that’s helped me so much.
During your time on the Pediatrics Committee, what goals were accomplished?
Over the years, this great committee has been very active at the direction of some fantastic leaders. We have had the privilege and responsibility to advise the SHM Board on pediatric issues and concerns, and we’ve developed some interesting pediatric-specific educational content in areas such as quality and safe handoffs. We’ve worked on the Choosing Wisely campaign and are now in the process of updating the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Core Competencies.
Each year we develop the content for the Pediatric Track of the SHM annual conference, and for several years, I was also on the Annual Conference Committee, which was a fantastic opportunity to bring the pediatric world to the broader work of SHM.
The Pediatrics Committee is transitioning from a committee to a Pediatric Special Interest Group. What can members look forward to in this transition?
I was asked to lead the subcommittee that is working on the SIG transition, and I must say, I am excited! You know, as great as the Pediatrics Committee is, it’s still only 15-20 people. And there are opportunities for pediatric hospitalists to join other SHM committees, but even at that, the footprint of active, engaged pediatric hospitalists within SHM is fairly small. The transition to a much more open-ended pediatric hospitalist SIG will allow many more hospitalists who take care of children to become involved. That’s more people, from more places, with more perspectives and ideas. It’s more energy, more collaboration, and hopefully, in the long run, a more visible and systemic pediatric presence within SHM.