Shark Tank Session HM19

Session Overview

The Society of Hospital Medicine Research Committee is now accepting submissions for participation in the SHM Shark Tank at HM19 annual conference in March 2019.

This session is to provide a venue for investigators to obtain targeted feedback from their peers and experienced investigators, the Sharks, on their research or quality improvement projects in a highly visible, innovative, dynamic forum, while competing for a one-on-one in-person consultation from an experienced and highly engaged hospital medicine mentor.

Submission Requirements

  • Participation in the Shark Tank Session is open to SHM members only.
  • Submissions may be focused on a project related to a research, quality improvement, or medical education topic critical to the practice of hospital medicine.
  • Submissions should be well developed ideas (see submission components, below), but should not have already been started/implemented.

Submissions will be peer-reviewed for selection based on the following criteria:

  • Significance of the problem being addressed
  • Innovation of the proposed approach/solution
  • Short- and long-term impact of the proposed approach/solution
  • Planned implementation
  • Team organization and membership i.e. who’s on your team!

Session Details

The 4 highest rated projects will be chosen for presentation at the SHM Annual Meeting, Shark Tank Session. In this “Shark Tank style” forum, selected finalists will present a succinct 5-minute “pitch” of their project idea to 3 “sharks,” comprised of senior quality and research leaders within hospital medicine.

Pitches will be followed by 7 minutes of moderated questions and feedback from the sharks and the audience. Upon completion, Sharks will have the opportunity to “bid” on projects, offering up to 2 hours of consultation to be scheduled during the SHM conference. Sharks may arrange for additional consultation/mentorship on an individual basis. In the case of multiple “bids”, presenters will choose the Shark that most closely aligns with their project and/or desired input/feedback.

Submission Components

  • Applicant name and home institution
  • Title of project
  • Names/institutions of collaborators
  • Project proposal content (limited to 400 words with up to 2 optional tables or figures):
    • Background/Significance – State the problem you are trying to address and why is it important to hospital medicine?
    • Specific Aims
    • Preliminary data (if any) – Include any prior data that led to the conception of this project
    • Potential for short- and long-term impact – How do you anticipate this project will impact the field of hospital medicine?
    • Plans for funding – State if you have already considered any plans for funding or if you are looking for feedback in this area
    • Mentorship desired (i.e. study design/methods, analytical plan, publishing, etc.)

Key Dates

Brief project concepts must be submitted by February 1, 2019

Onsite presentation is Monday, March 25 from 1:35-2:35p.m.

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