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Hospitalist profile: Amit Vashist, MD, SFHM

What’s the biggest change you would like to see in hospital medicine?

Inpatient volumes across the country continue to shrink, and this trend will not change for the foreseeable future. Hospitalists have got to embrace newer models of care faster, like hospitals at home, postacute care, transitional care clinics, hospital at home, etc. Remember what they say: “If you are not at the table, you are on the menu.” Now is our time to be at the table, and be the champions of change and move to true value (quality plus experience/cost), or else, we could end up and vanish like Blockbuster.

Outside of patient care, tell us about your career interests.

Implementing value-driven initiatives, pursuing endeavors aimed at cutting out waste and redundancy in health care, and developing a new generation of physician leaders with these skill sets.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Leveraging my experience, training and expertise in hospital medicine to design better systems of health care that transcend above and beyond the four walls of the hospital, and facilitate true consumerism and “patient centeredness.”

What has been your most meaningful experience with SHM?

Attending the annual SHM meetings for the past several years, which have helped me to not only reap rewards from the numerous educational sessions but has also helped me develop a rich network of friends, colleagues, and mentors whose advice I solicit from time to time.

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