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Academic/Research
This combined track is for hospitalists who practice in academic medical centers and face unique challenges, as well as for hospitalists in any setting interested in research. Just a few topics being addressed include How to Write a Winning Abstract, How to Engage Leadership to Ensure Success and Convert Your Everyday Work into Scholarship. Also featured are oral presentations selected from the RIV abstracts receiving the top scores by reviewers. Every hospitalist, whether in a community or academic medical setting, who desires to bring greater rigor to their analysis as well as educational effectiveness will walk away from these sessions with new resources to implement.
Clinical Updates
Keeping up with the ever-expanding body of medical literature and changes to clinical practice guidelines can be challenging. The Clinical Updates track provides evidence-based updates from recent literature published in medicine subspecialty fields and specific topic areas that all hospitalists need to know in order to provide optimal management for specific conditions in hospitalized patients. If you choose to attend this track, you will learn updates in infectious disease, gastroenterology (clinical topics and new invasive procedures), acute coronary syndrome and pulmonary (clinical and new invasive procedures).
Co-Management/Perioperative Medicine
The perioperative and consult medicine track explores the perioperative and consultative medicine questions that challenge hospitalists on a daily basis. This hospitalist core competency increases in complexity on a daily basis, and yet many physicians were not even taught the basics in residency. If you follow this track, you can view sessions such as The Chamber of Secrets—Key Issues to Understand the OR, The Perioperative Crystal Ball: Predicting Outcomes Before They Happen and Management of the Geriatric Surgical Patient.
Diagnostic Reasoning
Diagnostic error is one of the most important safety problems in healthcare today, and inflicts the most harm. Accurate and timely diagnosis are the two cornerstones of high-quality patient care. This year’s topics in the Diagnostic Reasoning track will include Every Patient Tells a Story and the Art of Diagnosis, and Stump the Professor.
Early-Career Hospitalists
The Early-Career Hospitalists track has been designed for new hospitalists, resident physicians and medical students interested in pursuing a career in hospital medicine. Designed by SHM’s Physicians-in-Training Committee, which includes nationally recognized hospitalists with expertise in scholarship, career development and medical education, this track aims to inspire future hospitalist leaders. For HM18, the committee is facilitating three sessions, including A Trainee’s Guide to Getting Published, Hospitalist Careers and Strategies to Make It Through Call Nights. Furthermore, the committee will host a luncheon and interview workshop where participants can engage national leaders in quality improvement, education and research.
Health Policy
These sessions will provide information about the processes of health policy development and implementation, and an overview of federal legislative and regulatory programs and processes that impact hospital medicine. Speakers will present the big picture of federal advocacy, the players, formal and informal approaches, and what hospitalists bring to the table.
High-Value Care
Unnecessary care is not only wasteful and costly, but it can be harmful to patients as well. Our High-Value Care (HVC) track will guide attendees on how to avoid diagnostic and therapeutic overuse and how to move toward the right care for every hospital medicine patient. This year’s track will include sessions on Cost-Effective Chest Pain Workup, High-Value Care Culture Facilitation and Things We Do For No Reason.
Medical Education
The Mini Med-Ed track is for hospitalists who are interested in improving their teaching skills. A strong teaching approach can impact and shape how learners think about and approach patient care for years to come. Attending this short but impactful track will help you build high-yield mini-lectures for How to Create Mini Lecture for the Wards, How to Break into Medical Education and an Update in Medical Education for the Hospitalist.
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NP/PA

Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are critical to hospital medicine care delivery. This half-day track will discuss best practices in NP/PA utilization and collaboration. Attendees will be educated by diverse faculty with the opportunity to dialogue during the following sessions: NPs and PAs: What Hospitalists Need to Know, Care Delivery Redesigned and Supervision vs Collaboration: Tackling Challenging Clinical Situations When Working with NPs and PAs.
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Palliative Care

Hospitalists are optimally situated to provide palliative care to their patients. Patients are admitted to hospitals at turning points in a serious illness trajectory, when needs for pain and symptom management and navigation of prognosis and goals of care are high. The Palliative Care track sessions provide the tools hospitalists need to understand their role in palliative care, and expertly manage pain and other common physical symptoms.
Pediatric
This year’s Pediatric track will be like “The Happiest Place on Earth.” We have a variety of clinical- and systems-based sessions that include some hot topics, such as understanding the febrile infant, acute behavioral inpatient emergencies and taking a different look at how the Pediatric Hospitalist Fellowship subspecialty certification will affect various groups. The track will also include some oldies but goodies, including Clinical Conundrums, Things We Do for No Reason and the highly attended “Top 10” articles. To bring things all together, we will also learn about post-acute care facilities.
Potpourri
The Potpourri track offers presentations on a variety of non-clinical topics of interest to the practicing hospitalist. The variety of topics include Airplane Emergencies, Global Health Careers: From Medical Tourism to Years Abroad and Most Interesting Person in the World—How to Give an Interesting Talk.
Practice Management
The importance of organizational infrastructure related to the practice of hospital medicine is well recognized, and information in this area continues to accumulate. This year’s topics in the Practice Management track will include Addressing Physician Burnout on a Group Level, Women in Hospital Medicine, Integration of Systems Engineering into HMG Practices, Cultural Humility/Patient Experience and many more.
Quality
Given the importance of quality and patient safety in the delivery of healthcare, the Quality track is offered to address the imperatives around development and implementation of improvement efforts in the hospital. Practical sessions will cover such areas as Aiming for Zero Preventable Harm, Using Data to Inform Quality Improvement and Choosing Wisely: Next Steps in Developing a High-Value Care Agenda in Hospital Medicine.
Rapid Fire
The Rapid Fire track is designed to provide participants with “rapid bursts” of content and to address specific questions framed by the Annual Meeting Committee. The topics are very clinical and relevant to everyday inpatient practice. Inpatient Rashes, Vulnerable Populations, Antibiotics Made Ridiculously Simple, Neurologic Emergencies and Tick-Borne Illnesses are a few of the 30 topics to be covered.
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Seasoning Your Career

This track focuses on didactics designed to augment those committed to a career in hospital medicine including topics such as career growth and development, resiliency, work-life balance and how practical work matters like schedules affect career.
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The Great Debate

The Great Debate track pairs off two talented speakers to debate cutting-edge clinical decisions on the front lines. By taking opposing sides of clinical decisions, the latest literature is reviewed and best practices are discussed. The audience gets to vote on whom they believe. Topic areas include Periop, Infectious Disease and Pulmonary.
Top 15 Advances in Research & Development
This track encompasses the best of breaking research and innovations in the field of Hospital Medicine with potential to change the way medicine is practiced, taught, and improved. The track consists of focused brief presentations drawn from the most impactful new work nationally. It serves as a chance to interact and network with the most accomplished and creative individuals in the Hospitalist Movement. This is the chance to learn about what is being done at the cutting edge of discovery in Hospital Medicine.
Workshops
Workshop track topics are submitted by members, peer reviewed and selected based on their relevancy to hospitalists, designed engagement and interaction with participants, experience of the presenter(s) and clarity of submission. Submission categories include clinical, research, academic, practice management, and quality and safety.