RIV brings competition, collaboration to HM19


A few years ago, participants in the Research, Innovations and Clinical Vignettes (RIV) competition at the annual conference presented a project based on a novel concept: A longitudinal ultrasound training program with portfolios and assessments for hospitalists.

In a way, the poster predicted a future trend, said Benji Mathews, MD, SFHM, chair of this year’s RIV competition, which will be held Monday and Tuesday. “That program itself had trained over 50 people by the time of the poster,” Dr. Mathews said. “Since that time, it has trained an additional 100 more. That program has been a rubric for some of the national and regional clinical ultrasound courses. Now the Society of Hospital Medicine has similar regional centers in bedside ultrasound” training.

It is common, Dr. Mathews said, for research, ideas, and programs displayed in the innovations portion of the RIV to become widespread in the field over the next 5-10 years. “I think the influence of this RIV program extends not only to me personally but beyond the conference and to my larger community. You’re seeing implications for the field of hospital medicine, not just today and in the past year. You’re seeing the future.”

The RIV event schedule includes:

  • Research and Innovations Poster Competition – Monday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Prince George’s Exhibit Hall
  • Best of Research and Innovations in 2019 – Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in Potomac ABCD
  • Oral Presentations on the Top 15 Advances in Research and Innovations – Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; 2:50 p.m. to 4:05 p.m.; and 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in Baltimore 3-5
  • Clinical Vignettes Poster Competition – Tuesday, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Prince George’s Exhibit Hall.

The “Research” portion highlights work done with sound methodology that has the potential to be applied regionally, nationally, and even internationally, Dr. Mathews said.

“Clinical Vignettes” are interesting case studies that often involve unraveling a clinical mystery and leaving the medical team with a lesson that can be applied more broadly.


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