Announcing This Year’s UCSF Hospital Medicine CME Course and Hospitalist Mini-College

It’s that time again – here’s the brochure and course information for the Management of the Hospitalized Patient (MHP) conference, October 14-16 at the Fairmont Hotel in beautiful, fog-free (at least in October) San Francisco.

This will be our 14th annual hospital medicine conference; the first, attended by about 100 hardy hospitalist pioneers and a few homeless folks wandering into a seedy downtown Holiday Inn, launched the National Association of Inpatient Physicians (which later became the Society of Hospital Medicine). SHM continues to co-sponsor the conference, which has grown bigger and better each year.

As always, you can count on terrific teachers (I’m airlifting in a few more visiting profs this year, based on their stellar pedagogical reputations, to cover topics like acute MI, controversies in hospital cardiology, acute kidney injury, and acid-base disorders). We’ll also again use the computerized Audience Response System to promote active learning, and there are great opportunities to schmooze with the 600 or so attendees – the second largest yearly gathering of hospitalists in the nation.

In the three days preceding the Big Conference (on October 11-13), we’ll again offer the “Hospitalist Mini-College” – a small group, hands-on experience at UCSF Medical Center. This is unlike any CME course you’ve ever been to – attendees (a max of 30) get visiting physician credentials, don white coats, and go on rounds with our best teachers in neurology, critical care, and perioperative medicine. They do invasive procedures on chicken (using bedside ultrasound), and learn key principles of hospital radiology, dermatology, patient safety, and diagnostic reasoning. The feedback from our first two groups of attendees has been tremendous – many called it the best and most inspirational educational experience they’ve had since residency. Information about the Mini-College, which I co-chair with my colleagues Niraj Sehgal and Arpana Vidyarthi, is here (along with the same brochure).

Enrollment to the Mini-College is tightly limited (and it has sold out both previous years), so I encourage you to register soon if you’re interested.

I hope to see many of you at one or both of these great conferences!

5 Responses to “Announcing This Year’s UCSF Hospital Medicine CME Course and Hospitalist Mini-College”

  1. menoalittle June 16, 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    Bob,

    Your program appears to be a unique opportunity.

    Are you planning to have a session on understanding and avoiding the hospital acquired viral effects of CPOE systems on the patient care you espouse, on the creative cognition of your clinicians, and on inter-professional communication?

    Best regards,

    Menoalttle

  2. menoalittle June 16, 2010 at 11:55 pm #

    Bob,

    Your program appears to be a unique opportunity.

    Are you planning to have a session on understanding and avoiding the hospital acquired viral effects of CPOE systems on the patient care you espouse, on the creative cognition of your clinicians, and on inter-professional communication?

    Best regards,

    Menoalttle

  3. Bob Wachter June 18, 2010 at 12:06 am #

    Hi, Menoalittle:

    Nope, there’s no session on unintended consequences of CPOE this year (we’ve done it before and probably will again).

    But on “creative cognition”: there’s plenty. An always-outstanding clinical problem solving case discussion by Master Clinician Goop Dhaliwal. A session called “Between a Rock and a Hard Place”, run by Kaveh Shojania and Scott Flanders, highlighting how to use the literature to make tough clinical decisions. And more.

    Regarding interprofessional communication, also lots: A workshop by Niraj Sehgal and Arpana Vidyarthi on “Communication Strategies to Mitigate Patient Harm”; a talk by Steve Pantilat on “Better Words to Say: Communicating More Effectively with Seriously Ill Patients”; a session by Arpana and Michelle Mourad on “Improving the Discharge Process”; and finally a session by Diane Sliwka and Wendy Anderson on “Improving Patient Satisfaction.”

    – Bob

  4. SS September 29, 2010 at 8:30 pm #

    Hey Bob
    This conference looks great – especially for a hospitalist who just returned from maternity leave and feels a bit fried. Will it be offered again in 2011?
    Thanks

  5. Bob Wachter September 30, 2010 at 12:42 am #

    Dear SS — yes, we will offer both conferences again next year. Please register early, particularly for the Mini-College — this year’s version has already sold out. There is still space available for the larger Management of the Hospitalized Patient conference in a few weeks, which promises to be a terrific experience.

    Congratulations on your new arrival.

    – Bob

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