Welcome to Day 2 of HM19!


Hospitalists, welcome to Day 2 of HM19 – the only meeting solely dedicated to the training and advancement of hospitalists.

Dr. Nasim Afsar of the Society of Hospital Medicine Public Policy Committee

Dr. Nasim Afsar

What an exciting start to the meeting. Pre-Course Day on Sunday focused on some key skills essential to hospitalists – from ultrasound to practice management and palliative care, hospitalists mastered new expertise and forged new collaborations with colleagues. On Monday, Dr. Marc Harrison’s keynote address kicked us off, reminding us of the critical role we all play in population health management. I was thrilled to see the recognition of our new class of SHM Fellows, Senior Fellows, and Masters – a testament to the hard work and dedication of many providers who bear the name “hospitalist.”

Today, we have yet another energizing day of thought-provoking plenaries and educational sessions. Starting off with the Best of Research and Innovations in 2019, come and learn from our colleagues about advancements in hospital medicine. Next, we celebrate our hospitalists who have demonstrated exemplary contributions in teaching, clinical excellence, and service in our Awards of Excellence. The plenary will be led by Tait Shanafelt, MD, who will discuss “The High Cost of Clinician Burnout” and how we can ensure wellness and wellbeing in a dynamic health care environment with competing priorities and an ever-increasing demand for quality, volume, and patient satisfaction. Don’t miss out on the sessions and workshops scheduled at 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on topics from nutritional counseling to “Things We Do for No Reason,” updates in acute coronary syndrome and heart failure, and telemedicine – you’re sure to find an engaging topic of interest.

After lunch, we have the highly anticipated and always entertaining “Update in Hospital Medicine” by Carrie Herzke, MD, SFHM, and Chris Moriates, MD, SFHM. Learn the latest and most high-impact published research influencing our practice. You can attend several sessions this afternoon, from a review of medical marijuana, being fe(male) in hospital medicine, dermatologic exam pearls, top new guidelines in hospital medicine, and understanding and addressing the educational needs of millennium learners.

Plan your evening around SHM’s exciting offerings and opportunities:

  • Special Interest Forums: Connects hospitalists with a variety of interests from across the country and the globe.
  • Top Pediatric Articles in 2018: Leverages the expertise of our leaders to highlight key areas of research advancement for the care of our pediatric patients.
  • Solving Clinical and Cultural Conundrums in the Rubik’s Cube of NP/PA/MD/DO HM Practice: Discusses the key challenges we face in the day-to-day practice of hospital medicine and practice management.
  • Mastering the Job Interview: Builds skills for our student and resident attendees.

Our heartfelt thank you to the amazing SHM staff who have worked tirelessly on HM19 – our gratitude to the Annual Conference Committee and all our faculty who have made this meeting a tremendous success. Enjoy Day 2!

Dr. Afsar is president of the Society of Hospital Medicine, and chief ambulatory officer and chief medical officer for accountable care organizations at UC Irvine Health.

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