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This month, The Hospitalist spotlights, a Med-Peds hospitalist in Huntington Beach, Calif. Dr. Mandal has been a member of SHM since for more than a decade, has served on the Public Policy Committee, and is currently serving on the Patient Experience Committee.
How did you initially hear about SHM, and why did you become a member?
I was a newly minted hospitalist and eagerly searching for a way to use my CME allowance, when I discovered
As a member of more than a decade, what aspects of your membership have you found to be most valuable?
I’ve always been very impressed by the quality and variety of the educational offerings. As a Med-Peds hospitalist, I can happily attest to greater inclusion of pediatric-specific content and a more robust presence of pediatric hospitalists over the years. Moreover, I am very appreciative of SHM’s progressive attitude as demonstrated by incorporating topics such as gender disparities, LGBTQ health, and the opioid crisis into our curriculum. I also have greatly enjoyed the networking opportunities with fellow hospitalists, some of whom I am happy to say have also become good friends over the years. More recently over the past few years, I’ve participated on
Describe your role on the Public Policy Committee. What did the committee accomplish during your term?
I was very honored to serve as a member of this committee for three terms. The staff is truly superhuman and amazing, considering how well they stay abreast of the swiftly changing administrative and legislative currents in health care. Just during my tenure as an SHM member, we’ve witnessed paramount shifts in our practice and culture, from the passage of