HM14 – Annual Meeting

If You Are Not at the Table, You Are on the Menu

Many years ago with those words, an older and much wiser colleague added to my education, encouraging me to take time away from my day-to-day practice of clinical medicine and get involved with the affairs of my hospital and the medical staff.  It was sage advice and I’ve used it many times to help force me out of my comfort zone as my career has evolved. The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) has followed the same philosophy, as it has demanded a prominent seat on the stage of the policy debates that ran up to the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and as the implementation phase has ensued.  It has paid off to a surprising extent as SHM has turned the energy of our members into positive changes helping shape the healthcare system of the future. Nowhere will this energy and commitment to advocacy be on display more…