A quick heads-up for those of you thinking about attending this year’s Management of the Hospitalized Patient (MHP) conference, October 23-25 in SF… we’re adding a hands-on, small group “Hospitalist Mini-College” pre-course. I think it will be tremendous.
This will be our 12th Annual MHP conference (co-sponsored by the Society of Hospital Medicine). It is a clinical CME course, blending lectures on key topics in hospital medicine (I hand-pick the faculty for their lecturing skill) with nearly 20 small group session choices. We use the computerized Audience Response System to promote active learning, and there are great opportunities to network with (and recruit! – just not my faculty, please) the 500-600 hospitalist (and others interested in hospital medicine) attendees. Information about this conference, which takes place at the beautiful and historic Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill, is here, along with the pdf brochure, which describes both courses.
One thing we’ve heard over the years is that, while the MHP conference is wonderful, many community-based hospitalists are hankering for an opportunity to return to their academic roots – to go on rounds with a master clinician, improve their physical exam skills, hone their clinical reasoning abilities, and more. As we scanned the hospital medicine CME universe, we found a number of offerings in leadership (such as SHM’s superb Leadership Academy) but no hands-on, hospital-based, small group experience for rank-and-file hospitalists.
So we’ve built one. Working with my colleagues Arpana Vidyarthi and Niraj Sehgal, it’ll be a 3-day course (October 20-22) based at UCSF Medical Center (we will provide a free shuttle if you’re staying at the Fairmont) with hands-on experience in hospital neurology, critical care medicine, and medical consultation/co-management. You’ll round in small groups with master clinicians. You’ll also attend an M&M conference and a Root Cause Analysis, receive hands-on procedural training (e.g., use of ultrasound guidance), and participate in sessions focused on interpreting radiographic studies, building diagnostic acumen, and using electronic resources to quickly answer clinical questions. Information about the mini-college is here (again, here is the pdf of the brochure for both courses).
I hope to see many of you there! Enrollment to the mini-college is tightly limited, so I encourage you to register soon if you’re interested.
And, if you’re a dad, Happy Fathers’ Day! Whether you are or aren’t, call your Dad if you can. If you need any inspiration, read Ben Stein’s touching piece from last week’s Sunday NY Times.