HM20 Virtual

Innovations to expect at HM20

Course director Dr. Benji Mathews offers highlights

Are there some “tried-and-true” tracks or sessions that are returning in HM20?

I’d like to highlight the Clinical Mastery track. That was a new track last year, and has returned this year. That track is focused on helping hospitalists become expert diagnosticians at the bedside. “Pitfalls, Myths and Pearls in Diagnostic Reasoning” is one session to note in that track, with Dr. Gopi Astik, Dr. Andrew Olson, and Dr. Reza Manesh. Another special focus this year within Clinical Mastery will be on using the rational clinical exam to augment your diagnostic skills.

When programming the annual conference, how do you balance the needs of community hospitalists with academic hospitalists?

The value we have on the annual conference committee is that there are a fair number of community hospitalists, advance practice clinicians, representation from med-peds, and family practice, for instance. Generally, there is a wide sampling of the decision makers from across the specialty helping to program the conference – we have great academic institutions, but we have representation from the larger impressive community as well. That said, it is hard to curate content that is solely for a specific subset of hospitalists without marginalizing other subsets. We don’t want to isolate people. A lot of our Rapid Fire topics are geared toward frontline hospitalists. This is content that will directly impact hospitalists as they care for patients. And some of the content that we’re bringing in this year with more emphasis are in health equity and disparities. Academic groups study this, however frontline clinicians from both academic and community settings deal with this every day, relating to both patients and staff. For example, in regard to patients, we have content focused on caring for the LGBTQ community, sessions on refugee health, as well as hospitalists and global health. We have an emphasis on diversity and inclusion in the workplace, with speakers from both community and academic settings. There will be good sessions with gender equity themes, practical tips in promotion and hiring practices. There are a couple workshops on gender equity; one to note is “Top 10 Ways for Men + Women to Engage in Gender Equity.”

Can you speak to the content that is targeted at nurse practitioners and physician assistants?

This is near and dear to my heart as I’m from an institution that has a positive history of strong partnerships with our advance practice clinician colleagues. Our goal this year was to continue to highlight nurse practitioners and physician assistants in a track dedicated to them. We have a core session called “Training Day: How to Onboard and Operationalize an Advanced Practice Provider Workforce” – this is a “bread-and-butter” session presented by speakers who have built programs from the ground up. Other important sessions address how to advance the careers of NPs and PAs – “Professional Development for NP/PAs” – and on mentorship, which emphasizes a culture of partnership on projects like providing high quality, safe care.

Are there any workshops that attendees should take note of?

One I would like to highlight is “Survive! The POCUS Apocalypse Adventure.” This highly anticipated offering is preregistration required, hosted for the first time on day 1 of the main conference. The workshop will introduce the gamification of POCUS to hospitalists. Each participant will be expected to perform ultrasound examinations and interpret their findings in order to gather clues that will lead to the cure for a zombie apocalypse! There are a lot of innovations this year in programming the Annual Conference, and gamification might be considered risky but I think it has a very good chance of success with entertainment and learning combined into one amazing workshop.

What are some other innovations that the annual conference committee has planned for 2020?

Another exciting innovation is what we call “Breakfast with an Expert.” This is a new rapid-fire didactic session format where we have three experts speak on different hot topics, such as “Nutritional Counseling” (led by Kate Shafto, MD), “Things I Wish I Knew Earlier in my Career” (Brad Sharpe, MD), and “Case-Based Controversies in Ethics” (Hannah Lipman, MD). These take place on the very first day of the conference, before the opening general session. Attendees can grab their breakfast and listen to any of these sessions before they head into the plenary. Hospitalists have asked for more content, so we’re adding these as a response to that hunger for more educational content. This format is supposed to be a bit cozier, with more Q&A.

Another aspect of HM20 to highlight is the Simulation Center. The Sim Center is a space that hosts a variety of hospital medicine skill development areas. This is an interactive center where attendees can learn to perform bedside procedures and learn hands-on skills with diagnostic point-of-care ultrasound during the first 2 days of the conference. The Sim Center is slightly different than the precourses, in that we are offering 1-hour blocks of small-group instruction for which attendees preregister. This aligns with larger SHM efforts to encourage hospitalists to be more confident with bedside procedures, and engage with SHM’s ultrasound offerings, including the certificate of completion program.

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