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, Hot Topics in Hospital Medicine and How to Get Funding For Them, Managing the Hidden Curriculum: Do You Know What You’re Teaching?, and Making Your Educational Activities Count Twice: What it Takes These Days to Publish in Medical Education Journals. 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.

NEW! Between the Guidelines
Hospitalists often encounter complex conditions in clinical practice that require care recommendations beyond what exists in information available in clinical practice guidelines.  Even when guidelines do exist for a specific disease process, there is often controversy amongst guideline statements from different professional societies.  This track will help shepherd care for hospitalists that transcend guideline recommendations. In addition, the track will inform hospitalists of the components that make a guideline “evidence based” and the international recommendations for guideline development. Armed with these skills, hospitalists will learn how to identify well-produced guidelines, how to apply guidelines to practice-specific patient care, and what to do when guidelines do not apply to their patients via history lessons learned as it relates to hospital medicine and from experts in the topic areas of the session for this track.

NEW! 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 the diagnostic interpretation of the electrocardiogram and ultrasound for hospitalists in clinical practice.  Another special focus this year is on clinical pearls for those seeking to learn skills from a master clinician in the topic area of Neurology.

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 Beyond Chemotherapy: An Updated Guide for Hospitalists on Targeted Therapy and Immunotherapy, Updates and Best Practices in Pneumonia Management, and Updates in the Acute Care of Geriatric Patients.

Perioperative Medicine/Co-Management
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 Careful Consideration: Managing Difficult Perioperative Medical Scenarios, Waste Not, Want Not:  Choosing Wisely in Perioperative Care, and Common Goals, Differing Perspectives: Effective Collaboration Among Anesthesiologists, Hospitalists and Surgeons.

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 Pitfalls and Myths in Diagnosis, Opening the Black Box – How Do We Actually Make Diagnoses?, and Stump the Professor.

Early-Career Hospitalists
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 HM19, the committee is facilitating three sessions, including A Whirlwind Tour of Famous Landmark (Articles): Must-Know Literature to Impress Your Peers and Attendings, and Hospitalist Billing 101. 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 Developing Evidence-Based Clinical Pathways to Support High Value Care, and Hard For Me To Say I’m Sorry: Best Practices in Medical Error Disclosure.

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 Medical Jeopardy, How to Be a Great Teaching Attending, and Update in Medical Education.

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 the following sessions: PAs and NPs: Evaluating ROI and Contribution Margin, Building a Successful NP/PA Workforce in Hospital Medicine, and The Academic NP/PA: Innovative Approaches to Development and Utilization of NP/PAs in Academic Hospitalist Groups.

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 Going Gently into That Good Night: Best Practices for End of Life Care, and Acknowledging the Elephant in the Room: Prognostication in Serious Illness.

The Pediatric track offers a variety of clinical and systems-based topics. This year’s track will feature sessions including Things We Do for No Reason and High Value Care in Pediatrics, Practice Management Tips for Long Term Success in Your Pediatric Hospital Medicine Group, Pediatric Co-management With Surgery and Subspecialists, and Top Pediatric Articles in 2018.

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 Who Says 15 Patients? New ideas and Data on Hospitalist Workload in 2019, Slice and Dice the Data Like an Expert: Leveraging the State of Hospital Medicine Report for Practice Success, Risk Management for the Practicing Hospitalist; What Every Hospitalist Needs to Know About Malpractice and How to Avoid it.

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 The ABCs of Clinical Documentation: Improving Value Through CDI, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Evidence-Based Practice Center Program: Synthesizing Evidence for Hospital Decision Making, The Hidden Hazards of the Hospital: Underappreciated and Emerging Patient Safety Issues for Hospitalists.

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 Full Tank? Best Practices for Management of Volume Overload and Discharge Readiness in Acute Heart Failure, Management of Skin and Soft Tissue Infections, Fact or Fiction? Somatization, Personality and Factitious Disorders in Hospitalized Patients, and Transfusion Medicine Best Practices in the Hospital.

Seasoning Your Career
This track focuses on didactics designed to augment those committed to a career in hospital medicine including sessions such as What Mentorship Has Meant To Me (And What It Can Do For You): High Impact Stories from Leaders in Hospital Medicine, and Working with Your C-Suite for Success: Tips From Physician Executives

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.  Topic areas include Kidneys versus the Heart: Choose Your Organ and Your Diuretics, Contrast-Induced Nephropathy: A Figment of Our Imagination?, Admit to Medicine or Discharge from the ER…Which Side of the Fence Are You On?, and Steroids for Pneumonia and Sepsis…Do You Believe?.

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.

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.