Experts offer HM19 ‘must-see’ tips


There are about as many sessions at HM19 as there are cherry blossoms on the springtime trees in the nation’s capital. Attendees are bound to find something they love – probably too many somethings, in fact.

Fear not. Seasoned experts are here to ease your struggle with suggestions for sessions they consider the best of the best and tips on getting the most out of the conference.

Dr. Dustin Smith, hospitalist, Emory University

Dr. Dustin Smith

“Download the HM19 At Hand app to plan your conference schedule, rate speakers and sessions, and participate in audience-response systems,” said Dustin Smith, MD, SFHM, the HM19 course director and associate professor of medicine at Emory University, Atlanta. “Read the track descriptions first before reviewing the individual sessions to determine which educational tracks initially pique your interest. Don’t be wedded to one track; pick and choose sessions from the different tracks to curate a schedule that best fits your educational needs.”

SHM staff and Annual Conference committee members will be easily identifiable and eager to help on site, Dr. Smith added.

HM19 was the first Annual Conference for which SHM issued a call for content to members and nonmembers alike. The contributions yielded a few new offerings. A new Clinical Mastery track includes sessions for hospitalists wanting to enhance or refine their skills in an effort to achieve a master clinician designation, Dr. Smith said, while the new Between the Guidelines track explores clinical conundrums and lessons from history that may not be covered in clinical practice guidelines.

There also is a new Palliative Care and Pain Management pre-course and a new course on emergent airway management, Dr. Smith noted. His suggestions for sessions that are new, have a new format, or are particularly timely, are too numerous to list in full but include a fun “Medical Jeopardy” session (Wednesday, 9:10 – 9:50 a.m., Maryland C), sessions on discharge dilemmas (Monday, 11:25 a.m. to 12:05 p.m., Maryland BD/4-6) and LGBTQ health (Wednesday, 10:50 to 11:30 a.m., Maryland BD/4-6) and the workshop “Being Fe(male) in Hospital Medicine Part 2: Diversifying the Discussion” (Tuesday, 2:10 to 3:40 p.m., Potomac 1-3).

The Hospitalist polled its editorial advisory board members for each of their top two suggestions for “must-see” sessions:


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