Educational Tracks

Sun, Sand and CME

Hospital Medicine 2020 offers a schedule created specifically for hospitalists, featuring new speakers and the most up-to-date information in the field. Learn more about the educational tracks offered this year below:


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, Effective Teaching Strategies for the Inpatient Clinical Setting, JHM’s Influential Articles of 2019 and Scholarly Writing for Hospitalists. 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 Mastery

The Clinical Mastery track is designed for hospitalists to enhance skills in order to make expert diagnoses at the bedside by teaching high-yield physical examination techniques that every hospitalist should know and through interpretation of fundamental point-of-care diagnostics. Highlighted this year are expert tips on Pitfalls, Myths and Pearls in Diagnostic Reasoning. Another special focus this year is on Using the Rational Clinical Examination to Augment Your Diagnostic Acumen.

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 see Updates in Sepsis, Resuscitation Medicine Best Practices, Updates in Heart Failure, Delirium and Dementia in the Inpatient Setting and many more.

Early-Career Hospitalist

The Early Career Hospitalist 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 HM20, the committee is facilitating sessions on Billing and Coding, Preventing Burnout and Famous Landmark Articles. 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 towards the right care for every hospital medicine patient. This year’s track will include sessions on Hospitalists and Population Health, Developing a High Utilizer Readmission Reduction Program 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 leaners think about and approach patient care for years to come. Attending this short but impactful track will help you with specific areas including Careers in Medical Education, How to Be a Great Teaching Attending, and Role Modeling Documentation for Trainees.


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 opportunity to dialogue during sessions such as NP/PA Mentorship, How to Onboard and Operationalize an Advanced Practice Provider Workforce and Professional Development for NP/PAs.

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 include Advanced Care Planning, Prognostication for Common Advanced Diseases in Hospital Medicine and Nauseated and Breathless: Nobody’s Preferred Way to Die.


The Pediatric track offers a variety of clinical and systems-based topics. This year’s track will feature sessions including Neonatal Fever Update, High Value Care in Pediatrics, High Yield Dermatology for Pediatric Hospitalists, Developing Best Practices for Pediatric to Adult Transition and more.


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, and yet many physicians were not even taught the basics in residency. If you follow this track, you can view sessions such as Perioperative Pulmonary Pearls, Co-Management in Every Shape, Size and Style, Perioperative Update and other vital topics.

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. A few of this year’s topics in the Practice Management Track will include Conversations with Your Hospital C-Suite, Advances in Telemedicine, Patient Flow in the Era of Hospitals as Cost Centers. Also, the Practice Management track will be break down a few Practice Management basics by discussing Scheduling and Coverage, Perspectives on Performance Metrics and Provider Dashboards as well as Hiring the Right Hospitalist.


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 Creating a Just Culture to Improve Patient Safety, Anticoagulation Across Care Transitions, Updates in Quality Literature, Unit Based Interventions to Improve Interprofessional Teamwork and more.

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. A few of the sessions in this track include Skin and Soft Tissue Infections, Antibiotics Made Ridiculously Simple, Can’t Miss EKGs for the Hospitalist and Oncologic Emergencies.



Hospitalists are at the forefront of innovation and perpetually exploring new ways to deliver safe and efficient care. The new and exciting Technology track is focused on current and future tech that will impact care delivery. Sessions in this track will inform attendees on the interface of hospitalists with telehealth and its future, as well as digital apps and wearables impacting physicians and patients. SHM has taken significant leadership in Point of care ultrasound teaching and dissemination. Clinical applications of POCUS and the wide applicability of this technology will be discussed in sessions titled “POCUS illuminating the dark spaces: focus on pathological fluid” and “How hospitalists use POCUS: From rural to academic settings.

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 who they believe. A few of the topic areas include Procalcitonin: Friend or Foe, Guidelines Controversies in Inpatient Care and POCUS vs. Physical Exam.


Workshop track topics were submitted by members, underwent a peer review, and were selected based on their relevancy to hospitalists, designed engagement and interaction with participants, experience of the presenter(s), and clarity of submission. Submission categories included Career Development, Practice Management, Clinical, Academic Education, and Patient Experience-Communication.

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