By  | June 30, 2015 |  7
by Leslie Flores, MHA, SFHM Does paid time off (PTO) make sense for physicians like hospitalists and ED docs who are largely shift workers? I guess it depends on your perspective, though I have some definite opinions of my own. But before sharing my thoughts on the value of PTO for hospitalists, it might be […]
By  | June 29, 2015 |  89
“What’s up with the ABIM?” “I just got a note about an alternative board. Should I join it?” “Aren’t you glad to be off the Board?” These days, I get these questions from friends and colleagues regularly. When I first joined the board of directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in 2004, […]
By  | June 25, 2015 |  0
by Dr. Ian Jenkins MD I recently had the opportunity to serve as a mentor for Project Protect, an initiative of the Health Research & Education Trust (HRET) that paired rising stars in quality and infection prevention with mentors from several organizations, including the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM). Mentees worked on Catheter Associated Urinary […]
By  | June 23, 2015 |  0
by Mimi Zander When I arrived back at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) after my first year of medical school, I knew what was awaiting me: thousands of alarms from physiologic monitors, most of them inconsequential, lined up neatly in spreadsheets, splattered all over research databases, lighting up on video screens, chirping down hallways […]
By  | June 18, 2015 |  5
Life is short, the art is long. -Hippocrates Aphorism Our pivotal moments today are holding warm hands and discussing issues of survival and comfort. And yet, the journey into medicine began with cold fingers and deciding which tortuous tool to use next. The medical school told us, “We trust you, you are now on the […]
By  | June 18, 2015 |  4
Natural language processing might seem a bit arcane and technical – the type of thing that software engineers talk about deep into the night, but of limited usefulness for practicing docs and their patients. Yet software that can “read” physicians’ and nurses’ notes may prove to be one of the seminal breakthroughs in digital medicine. […]