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!