When it comes to what future hospitalists should be doing to accelerate their careers, is there such a thing as a “no-brainer” opportunity? Aram Namavar, MD, MS, thinks so.
Dr. Namavar is a first-year internal medicine resident at UC San Diego pursuing a career as an academic hospitalist. He is passionate about building interdisciplinary platforms for patient care enhancement and serving disadvantaged and underserved communities.
Membership in the Society of Hospital Medicine is free for medical students and offers a diverse array of resources specifically curated for the ever-expanding needs of the specialty and its aspiring leaders. An active member of SHM since 2015, Dr. Namavar has looked to the organization for leading career-enhancing opportunities and resources in hospital medicine to help him achieve his altruistic career goals.
For Dr. Namavar, a few of these professional development–focused opportunities include becoming an active member of the Physicians-in-Training Committee, a founding member of the Resident and Student Special Interest Group, and a recipient of the Student Hospitalist Scholar Grant.
“I applied for the Student Hospitalist Scholar Grant to have a dedicated summer of learning quality improvement through being in meetings with hospital medicine leaders and leading my research initiatives alongside my team,” Dr. Namavar said. He described the experience as pivotal to his growth within hospital medicine and as a medical student.
The key component to SHM’s Student Hospitalist Scholar Grant opportunity is the ability for first- and second-year medical students to work alongside leading hospital medicine professionals in scholarly projects to help interested students gain perspective on working within the specialty.
“As a young, interested trainee in hospital medicine, working with a mentor who is established in the field allows one to learn what steps to take in the future to become a leader,” he said. “[It allowed me to] gain insight into leadership style and develop a strong network for the future.”
In addition to the program’s mentorship benefits, grant recipients also receive complimentary registration towith the added perks of funding and research support, accommodation expenses, and acceptance into .
“I attended the SHM Annual Conference previously,” Dr. Namavar said. “However, as a grant recipient, you have the chance to connect with faculty who will come to your poster presentation and want to learn about your project. This platform allows you to meet individuals from across the nation and connect with those interested in helping trainees thrive within hospital medicine.”
With the grant funding, Dr. Namavar completed his project, “Evaluation of Decisional Conflict as a Simple Tool to Assess Risk of Readmission.” He described this endeavor as a multidimensional project that took on a holistic view of patient-centered readmissions. “We evaluated patient conflict in posthospitalization resources as a marker of readmission, social determinants of health, and health literacy as risk factors for hospital readmission.”
Described by Dr. Namavar as a “no-brainer” opportunity, SHM’s Student Hospitalist Scholar Grant “offers some of the best benefits overall – funding for your project, automatic acceptance at the Annual Conference, the chance to have your work highlighted in blog posts, networking opportunities with faculty across the nation, and travel reimbursement for the conference.”
Building your networks or establishing your professional career path does not stop at individual networking events or scholarship programs, Dr. Namavar said. It’s about piecing together the building blocks to set yourself up for success.
“My long-term involvement in SHM through working on a committee, leading a special interest group, attending annual meetings, and receiving the grant from SHM has helped me to build new, long-lasting connections in the field,” he said. “Because of this, I plan to continue to serve within SHM in multiple capacities throughout my career in hospital medicine.”
Are you a first- or second-year medical student interested in taking the next step in your hospital medicine career? Apply to SHM’s Student Hospitalist Scholar Grant program through late January 2020 at
Ms. Cowan is a marketing communications specialist at the Society of Hospital Medicine.