Archive for November 2015

If you were paying you, when would you time your bonus and how?

  We all walk into the supermarket and see an abundance of goods. Every item has a place under alluring lighting and come-hither ads. The displays move you and your wagon, despite your beliefs, through the aisles in a deliberate way. The Walmart Supercenter manager wishes to steer your senses so as to induce the transfer of maximal amounts of merchandise from the shelf to your basket (and money out of your wallet). You don't think Whole Foods places huge reams of flowers at the entrance to their stores just to remind you of Mother's Day, do you? (more…)

Lessons from the Wizard of Oz: Giving Thanks to Interprofessional Team Members

Tonight I happened to catch a few minutes of the Wizard of Oz- a great classic and our daughter was in delight watching the munchkins dance and sing for Dorothy. It also reminded me of the importance of a great team—Dorothy needed the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion to get to her final destination. Likewise, it takes a great team (and less singing and dancing ability fortunately) to take care of a patient in the hospital. We all know this, but if so, why is it sometimes so hard to work together in a team? Well, one reason is that doctors have not received formal training in how to interact with the multitude of team members that they will come into contact with while taking care of patients. That is now changing. The Association of American Medical Colleges now states that graduating medical students must be prepared…

How Hospitalists “Got Smart,” Post-Acute Medicine and Patient Compensation in SHM Media Highlights

by Brendon Shank
Antibiotic stewardship – including SHM’s “Fight the Resistance" campaign – post-acute medicine, patient compensation and patient experience appeared in the last two weeks of hospital medicine media coverage in medical and regional outlets. SHM’s “Fight the Resistance” campaign received mentions in both Infection Control Today and Associations Now.The first story highlighted the partner organizations collaborating with the CDC for their “Get Smart about Antibiotic Resistance” week and their respective campaigns, which coincided with SHM’s participation in the global antibiotic resistance Twitter chat led by the CDC. The second focused on the member engagement aspect of SHM’s poster campaign. A related story from Infection Control Today reviewed the CDC’s commitment to a three-year initiative to improve implementation of infection prevention and control efforts, including contributions from SHM. Hospitals and Health News covered the emergence of post-acute medicine as a result of the move to fee-for-value healthcare model. The article explored how…
Brendon Shank is the Associate Vice President of the Society of Hospital Medicine and is a member of the PRSA Health Academy Executive Committee. You can find him on Twitter, @BShank.

Improving the Hospital Medicine Job Market

by Joshua Allen-Dicker, MD, MPH
by Joshua Allen-Dicker, MD, MPH BEST COMP PACKAGE IN THE REGION! Sign On Bonus and Relocation! NO procedures, NO night call, NO ICU! Only 15 minutes north of the City! Each day, my inbox brings me promises of a new life. One with an amazing salary, close to a metropolitan area, and in a town with the best school system in the state. I could have it all! There’s just one problem (aside from my high level of satisfaction with my current position): these announcements often tell me little to nothing about the actual jobs they are advertising. As faculty co-sponsor for our residency program’s Hospital Medicine Interest Group, I often act as a resource for residents and field questions about job searches: “I’d like to move to ____. How do I start my job search?” “I’m flexible about location, but ___ is really important to me in a job—where…
Joshua Allen-Dicker, MD, MPH is a hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, both in Boston, Massachusetts. He received his medical degree at New York University School of Medicine and obtained his Master of Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health. He completed both his internship and residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Josh now serves on Team Hospitalist for The Hospitalist news magazine, as well the Society of Hospital Medicine’s Physicians in Training and Annual Meeting Committees. Follow him on Twitter @DrJoshuaAD.

Dysfunction Isn’t Fun

I was talking with a colleague in another section today and she was noting the difference between our hospitalist group and her section.  She has somewhat intimate knowledge of our section because she did a year with us before moving on to her specialty fellowship.  She is a bit frustrated with her new home and its team members because she feels like there are a lot of "B's".  You know- b*tching, bickering and backbiting. I was asking her to tell me the reasons she thought this is occurring. Is it a top down issue, is it just a personality problem with people attracted to her specialty, is it that there is instability with the people and processes that make up that section?  What is it?  No answer was forthcoming.  In the clinical setting, when no answers are clear and forthcoming we say the problem is "multifactorial". After speaking with  her,…