The Society of Hospital Medicine has announced its virtual annual conference for 2021: SHM Converge. Formerly known as Hospital Medicine 2021, SHM Converge will take place virtually from May 3-7, 2021, and will offer a fully digital experience with the same education, professional development, and networking hospitalists have come to expect from SHM’s annual conference.
“This year, COVID-19 has challenged us to embrace change and to innovate to better serve our hospital medicine community,” said Danielle Scheurer, MD, MSCR, SFHM, president of SHM’s board of directors. “In that spirit, not only are we introducing an exciting new brand for the SHM annual conference, we are unveiling a reimagined experience for attendees, complete with sessions highlighting the latest research, best practices and innovations in the field.”
The SHM Converge schedule features 20 educational tracks, including the addition of four new tracks to support hospital medicine professionals in some of the most relevant topics affecting health care: diagnostic safety; diversity, equity, and inclusion; leadership; and wellness and resilience
Attendees will also have the option to follow many of the most popular tracks from previous SHM annual conferences, including Rapid Fire, Clinical Updates, and High-Value Care, among others. In many sessions, speakers will present the latest data and information available about COVID-19’s impact on the practice of hospital medicine. Precourses will be held on May 3.
SHM Converge will also offer additional professional development opportunities, including the Research, Innovations, and Clinical Vignettes scientific abstract competition and a speed mentoring session. Networking will be an integral component of SHM Converge. Attendees will be able to choose from more than 20 Special Interest forums, live Q&A sessions and networking events through the interactive conference platform.
“While SHM Converge may look a bit different than the SHM annual conference we are accustomed to, I am confident the content will be among the best we have ever offered, spanning a broad range of clinical topics and issues affecting hospitalists and their patients,” said Daniel Steinberg, MD, SFHM, course director for SHM Converge. “This virtual experience will unite hospitalists from around the globe and connect them with renowned faculty members and thought leaders in hospital medicine – as well as with their hospitalist colleagues they look forward to reconnecting with each year.”
Keynote speaker announcements are forthcoming.
Registration for SHM Converge opens in November 2020. Learn more at.
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