SHM is listening. What are your educational needs?

Dr Danielle Scheurer

How does SHM develop educational offerings? By listening.

It’s no question that hospitalists have unique educational needs. In the 16 years since the National Association of Inpatient Physicians first held an independent annual meeting, the organization (which became the Society of Hospital Medicine in 2003) has grown its capacity to identify and meet these unique and differentiated needs, creating numerous channels for feedback and gap analysis including post-meeting evaluations, committees of front-line leaders, and a collaborations with American Board of Internal Medicine and other national organizations. An on-the-ground special interest forum eventually grew into SHM’s Leadership Academy, annual meeting attendee evaluations spawned new live-streaming and recorded sessions, and a dedicated Annual Meeting committee sifted through the multitude of proposed workshops and topics to arrive at this year’s compelling Hospital Medicine 2014 schedule.

While these methods are extremely effective and agile, today there is very little data mapping the full spectrum of unique educational needs in hospital medicine. The Core Competencies in Hospital Medicine establish a comprehensive overview framework for education, but on their own they can’t tell us where the greatest gaps are right now, how those gaps vary across settings and subspecialties, what formats would be most effective and convenient, or what barriers block hospitalists’ ability to learn the information and skills to advance their practice.

To answer those questions SHM recently launched an online Educational Needs Assessment. Developed in conjunction with students from the Drexel Graduate School of Public Health, this study aims to capture a comprehensive snapshot of the current content needs, format preferences, motivators, and barriers when it comes to continuing education and quality improvement tools for all hospitalists.

Please take a moment to play your important role in this study and make your voice heard. You can access the brief survey via the following link: Education Needs Assessment. This survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete. The survey covers clinical, quality improvement, and practice management curriculum questions that will help to identify gaps and understand the preferred educational delivery methods and topics. The data collected will produce a full needs assessment report, including an executive summary with specific recommendations for SHM educational and quality improvement resource development. The final report will be used to inform and improve further educational offerings developed by SHM.

Upon completion of the survey, you will be prompted to provide your contact information, which will enter you in a raffle. You have the chance to either win one of two remaining $250 Visa gift cards or $250 off the cost of a future Annual Meeting (your choice). The survey closes on March 24, 2014. Winners will be periodically chosen and announced on March 19 and March 24, 2014. Both winners will be notified via email.

Thank you in advance for your participation. If you have any questions, or if we can assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact SHM at [email protected]

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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