HM20 Virtual

Welcome to week 2 of HM20 Virtual!


The Society of Hospital Medicine prides itself on bringing a broad range of experts together with the largest gathering of hospitalists at any conference – virtual or otherwise! Hospitalists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, executives, pharmacists, educators, and practitioners of many hospital-based specialties make HM20 Virtual a unique educational experience.

Dr. Eric E. Howell, chief, division of hospital medicine, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore

Dr. Eric E. Howell

We know that patients depend on you to have pertinent, updated, and timely information for their acute care needs. HM20 Virtual can provide the information you need to stay abreast in this complex and ever-changing year. From COVID-19 to common diagnosis, from racism/bias to blood glucose, from peds to pulmonary embolism, HM20 Virtual covers important topics for all acute care and hospital clinicians and professionals.

This year’s conference is something new. To meet the ever-changing challenges that the year 2020 has brought all of us, HM20 Virtual has addressed one of the limitations of an online conference: personal interactions. With Simulive sessions, you will have the opportunity to chat with fellow participants and interact with the expert faculty in real time! Of course, all Simulive sessions will be available on demand after the fact for those of you who need alternate times to watch.

Be sure to attend some (or all!) of this week’s Simulive sessions. There is something for everyone:

  • On Tuesday, Aug. 18, Sam Brondfield, MD, will discuss oncologic work-ups, and James Kim, MD, will make antibiotics simple (where was Dr. Kim for my medical school training?).
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19, circles back to another epidemic, the opioid crisis, presented by Theresa Vettese, MD. Dr. Alfred Burger updates us on Clinical Practice Guidelines, and Jeff Trost, MD, brings us up to speed on the effects of COVID-19 and the heart.
  • Thursday, Aug. 20, wraps up week 2 of HM20 Virtual with Population Health by Adam Myers, MD, and Updates in Pneumonia by Joanna Bonsall, MD.

The personal interactions don’t have to stop there! HM20 Virtual also features Special Interest Forums. Check out the list and find out how to join by visiting the HM20 Virtual website.

We look forward to “seeing” you at HM20 Virtual. We always want your feedback; however, in this socially distanced, travel-limited world, your input is more important now than ever. Be sure to let us know how this new format works for your learning, networking, and professional needs.

On behalf of the SHM board of directors, the SHM staff, and myself, we hope you enjoy HM20 Virtual. Through this meeting’s rich selection of educational opportunities – and the innovative approaches in a world dominated by the coronavirus – SHM continues to further its mission to promote excellence in the practice of hospital medicine. SHM remains at the forefront of health care today, empowering hospitalists and transforming patient care.

Dr. Howell is CEO of the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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