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Introducing SHM Media Highlights

by Brendon Shank
Welcome to "SHM Media Highlights," a new series of blog posts on The Hospital Leader that highlights news articles about the hospital medicine movement and SHM. We're posting these highlights to The Hospital Leader to give hospitalists and others in healthcare an idea about how news about hospital medicine is spreading. SHM monitors the media on a daily basis, and we will post Media Highlights to the blog every two weeks. For the last few months, we have been sharing SHM Media Highlights on HMX, our members-only collaboration site; now, we are happy to share it even more broadly. We also share breaking news on SHM's Twitter feed. Of course, the news keeps coming every day. Even since we compiled this issue of Media Highlights, SHM's Dr. Eric Howell was quoted in a HealthDay News article about new guidance from CDC about antibiotic resistance on Tuesday. And, last Friday, a partnership between SHM and The Hastings Center was mentioned in a column…
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.

Refreshed, Re-energized and Ready for Another Year

One of my favorite things about being a hospitalist is attending the annual SHM meeting. I look forward to making new friends, reconnecting with old colleagues, and learning about what's happening across the country. With so many opportunities to connect and educational tracks to learn from, this year’s conference did not disappoint in the slightest. HM 2015 opened with a discussion of how to take quality to the next level. Hospitalists were once again placed at the forefront of the changing healthcare system, and were encouraged to lead transformational change. In this era of cost-consciousness, it was good to see the organization vigorously support efforts like Choosing Wisely and high-value care. These and other quality initiatives are ones that I personally champion in my daily practice, and I loved HM15's positive reinforcement of that! One interesting new event was the case competition organized around the Choosing Wisely campaign. Hospitalists from…

Congratulations, Hospital Medicine 2015 Research, Innovation and Vignette Winners!

by Brendon Shank
Congratulations to the winners of SHM's 2015 poster session winners at Hospital Medicine 2015! This year, SHM received a record-breaking number of abstract submissions and selected. To see all of the accepted abstracts at Hospital Medicine 2015, visit www.shmabstracts.com. Research Overall: Standardizing Attending Rounds to Improve the Patient Experience: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial Bradley Monash, MD; Nader Najafi, MD; Dimiter Milev, MPH; Marcia Glass, MD; Yile Ding, MD; Alvin R. Rajkomar, MD; Michelle Mourad, MD; Sumant Ranji, MD; Dr. Bradley A. Sharpe, MD and James D Harrison, MPH, PhD Trainee: Prevalence and Appropriateness of Fasting Orders in the Hospital: “Doctor, When Can I Eat?” Atsushi Sorita, MD, MPH; Charat Thongprayoon, MD; Adil Ahmed, MD; Ruth E. Bates, MD; John T. Ratelle, MD; Katie M. Rieck, MD; Aditya P. Devalapalli, MD; Meltiady Issa, MD; Riddhi M. Shah, MD; Miguel A. Lalama, MD; Wang Zeng, PhD; M. Hassan Murad, MD, MPH…
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.

Thin-slicing Your Next Hospital Medicine Program

As our specialty of hospital medicine continues its exponential expansion, so does the number of established programs to choose from. Without exaggeration, the job market in most areas of the country is pretty hot right now—and all of us know this from the avalanche of offers and job advertisements out there. Speaking as someone who has worked in several different hospitals and interviewed in dozens of programs across the country, I’ve probably seen the best and the worst of them. Fortunately for me, I’ve mostly had the pleasure of working in the better places—with great leaders and strong support for the specialty. But I’d also be lying if I said I hadn’t seen some fairly terrible places too, and certainly interviewed in some that struck me as toxic almost as soon as I walked through the door. I therefore feel I’m in a position to offer a little bit of…

Building a Great Hospitalist Team

Ever since we are children, our parents and society teach us how to play together with others. What we don’t realize is that this lays the groundwork for developing important teamwork skills — the same skills that enable success and positive outcomes in the workplace. My own experiences in hospital medicine practice throughout the last decade continue to increase my appreciation for these seemingly simple yet invaluable techniques. Like many young hospital medicine directors, I began my leadership role with only a basic understanding of teamwork concepts. Excited by the new role, I immediately decided that the first task that I would tackle would be to take my new group of disparate physicians and build them into a team that could produce positive results for my hospital and our patients. As you can probably imagine, achieving that goal is not an easy task. I would learn that it requires thought,…
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