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  • To Niche or Not to Niche-Should You Subspecialize?

    • Apr 4, 2024
    • Paula Skarda, MD; Ethan Molitch-Hou, MD, MPH, SFHM; Melissa Plesac, MD; Laura Paletta-Hobbs, MD

    Today, there are numerous opportunities when entering the field, leading many to wonder if there is one “correct path” that will lead to a long and prosperous career. Fortunately, there is no incorrect answer to this question. The decision to begin a career as a general hospitalist or pursue a specialized niche within hospital medicine is a personal one. A bit of thoughtful introspection of professional values and personal needs can create an interesting and fulfilling career.

  • 'Med-Peds Hospital Medicine: A Valuable Resource at Risk?

    • Mar 21, 2024
    • David Fish, MD, SFHM; Rachel Peterson, MD, FHM; Madeleine Matthiesen, MD; Alan M. Hall, MD, FAAP, SFHM; Alyssa M. Stephany, MD, MS, FAAP, PCC (ICF), SFHM

    Hospital Medicine has been a growing career choice among combined internal medicine and pediatrics (med-peds) physicians with an increasing number of resident graduates entering the field in recent years. The med-peds hospitalist workforce is a valuable resource, but recent changes in subspecialty certification requirements have the potential to negatively impact the growth and potential longevity of the field.

  • Hospitalist’s Role in a Transfer Center

    • Mar 7, 2024
    • Cindy Nguyen, MD

    Drs. Sanders and Cantu are pediatric hospitalists who played an integral role in establishing the only two free-standing pediatric hospitals in their state. They shared their experiences, successes, and tips on the development of an extended transfer center at 2023's SHM Converge.

  • Thriving Hospitalists

    Experts Offer Tips to Thrive, Not Just Survive, in Hospital Medicine

    • Feb 22, 2024
    • Thomas R. Collins

    In a session focused on “thriving” and not just “surviving,” a pair of physicians discussed how organization leaders can adapt the way they interact with their employees and target the things that really matter for people to enjoy—rather than just put up with—their jobs

  • Research and Practice

    Research is Possible—and Vital—as a Hospitalist

    • Feb 8, 2024
    • Thomas R. Collins

    When you’re in the middle of yet another impossibly busy week, making time for research in hospital medicine might seem next to impossible. But it is possible—and enormously important for the health of the field, a panel of experts said in a session at SHM Converge 2023.

  • Pathway to Promotion

    Pathway to Promotion: Practical Tips and Tools for Early to Mid-career Physicians

    • Jan 25, 2024
    • Charalene Fisher

    Practical tips and tools to help establish your “why,” “what,” and “how” on the path to promotion in academic medicine.

  • Dual Specialties—the Best of Both Worlds

    • Dec 28, 2023
    • Sue Coons

    Hospitalists who decide to pursue additional board certifications to broaden their field of practice seldom take the same path. Regardless of whether they chose this road for a clinical interest or to further their careers, the road is personal and requires much thought and effort, dual specialists say.

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    HIRED: Mnemonic Checklist to Help You Stand Out

    • Dec 14, 2023
    • By Maria Maldonado MD; Alan M. Hall, MD; Teela Crecelius MD

    We developed a mnemonic checklist (HIRED) based on best practices as well as national survey data on top qualifications for hospitalist candidates to help you stand out as an applicant for hospital medicine.

  • Safety and Accountability Punnett

    Psychological Safety a Must for HM Education

    • Dec 11, 2023
    • Thomas R. Collins

    Academic Hospital Medicine requires a psychologically safe environment. Deliberately fostering psychological safety yields better learning opportunities, increased innovation, and improved patient safety.

  • The Promotion Application Journey

    • Nov 30, 2023
    • Avital O’Glasser, MD, FACP, SFHM

    In the spirit of paying it forward, I shared my reflection on the promotion-application journey and how I articulated my non-traditional scholarship in my application packet in a Tweetorial, and now in this article.

  • Immigrant Hospitalists Share Struggles and Discuss Paths to Progress

    • Nov 30, 2023
    • Thomas R. Collins

    Dr. Arora and others recounted their struggles in a session at SHM Converge earlier this year, in which U.S. hospitalists from other countries talked about their experiences, and representatives from SHM discussed efforts to make federal policy changes that would benefit both immigrant hospitalists and the patients for whom they care.

  • What Is AI’s Promise and Potential for the Hospitalist?

    • Nov 16, 2023
    • Larry Beresford

    Sara Murray, MD, MAS, associate professor of clinical medicine in the division of hospital medicine at the University of California San Francisco and associate chief medical information officer for inpatient care and data science at UCSF Health, said hospitalists may not even see or realize all the ways AI influences their work.

  • How Having a Medical Writer on Staff Can Help Your Team

    • Nov 2, 2023
    • Mary Ann Kirkconnell Hall, MPH; Jasmah Hanna, MS

    Hospitalists face numerous demands, and those in academic medicine are also expected to write and publish their work in peer-reviewed journals, present at conferences, and give lectures and talks. Strategic use of support staff can be a catalyst for the dissemination of this knowledge.

  • Domains of professional fulfillment for pediatric hospital medicine: A concept mapping study

    • Oct 26, 2023
    • Journal of Hospital Medicine

    We know little about how pediatric hospital medicine (PHM) physicians conceptualize their professional fulfillment (PF). Learn more about a study conducted to determine how PHM physicians conceptualize PF.

  • Unit Medical Directors—Liaisons Between Physicians and Nurses

    • Oct 19, 2023
    • Karen Appold

    To achieve optimum care, some medical centers have hospitalists or other physicians serve in what’s called a “unit medical director” position.

  • Empathy for the Rural Hospitalist

    • Oct 12, 2023
    • Mark Menet, MD, MPH

    In residency, we had derisive nicknames for the hospitals in the surrounding rural areas that would frequently send us patients. After we were notified of the transfer, we stayed on edge until the patient arrived, unclear of what was going to show up.

  • PCP Shortage Affects Hospitalists; What are the Options?

    • Oct 5, 2023
    • Ruth Jessen Hickman, MD

    With worsening doctor shortages expected in many areas of medicine, including hospital medicine, the expected shortfall in primary care doctors is particularly sobering.

  • Career Spotlight

    Career Spotlight: Naznin Jamal

    • Sep 28, 2023
    • Dr. Naznin Jamal

    A series of interviews with hospital medicine clinicians, continuing with Naznin Jamal. Gain insights from their knowledge and expertise.

  • Incorporating Learners on Direct Care Services: Reclaiming the “Non-Teaching Service” for Education

    • Sep 21, 2023
    • Arunab Mehta, MD, MEd

    In the field of medical education, there’s a growing recognition of the importance of incorporating learners in direct care services with hospitalists to address the needs of both the learners and the health care system.

  • Strategies for Dysfunctional Teams and Groups

    • Sep 14, 2023
    • Beth Makowski, DO, FACOI, FHM

    Drs. Russo and Boer began by outlining the differences between high-performing and dysfunctional teams.