By  | January 30, 2019 |  1
By: Heather Nye, MD, PhD, SFHM Why is it that we go to professional conferences? CME? Cutting-edge clinical topics? Networking? Dissemination of work? Great vacations? YES! Over one’s hospitalist career, any one of these may take a front seat as activities evolve and years go by. What always remains the same, however, is the sense […]
By  | January 28, 2019 |  4
There are so much evolution and progression with NP/PA practice. States are passing independent practice statutes for NPs; twenty-two states now allow more independent practice. Our own Institute of Medicine has acknowledged the benefit of NP/PA practice related to alleviating work shortages. And there have been rigorously controlled studies that definitively demonstrate the safety, efficacy, […]
By  | January 22, 2019 |  0
The year ended with many lists for best reads of 2018. (See  NY Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, GQ, Powell’s Books, Obama’s list, and Bill Gates’ list for 2018.) I’m a firm believer in literature improving empathy. Literature, fiction, stories all impact our daily work. We are in the business of storytelling and […]
By  | January 17, 2019 |  2
By: Gopi Astik, MD, Hospitalist, Medical Director, Northwestern Medical Hospital I walked into a patient room one frigidly cold Chicago morning with the warmest smile on my face. I spoke to the gentleman who was admitted with an acute exacerbation of his COPD a few days prior and had improved over the weekend. He had […]
By  | January 14, 2019 |  0
“The Joint Commission – [insert name of your institution here] is in the survey window.” A message you have become accustomed to seeing every few years at your hospital–and one administrators liken to habanero sauce on a gaping cold sore. But there is something else you should know. Bet you were not aware of this […]
By  | January 7, 2019 |  0
Like you, I am focused on care transitions these days. Inpatient providers have gotten closer to mastering the hospital side of things (disease-specific care), but we still have a long way to go on broad-based QI with items such as hand washing, nosocomial infections, and patient communication. Additionally, the patient’s passage back from the wards […]