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Welcome to Society of Hospital Medicine

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History & Mission


Everything SHM does for its members and the hospital medicine movement rests on its mission and objectives, developed by its Board of Directors, and rooted in the rich history of hospital medicine. 

Mission: SHM promotes exceptional care for hospitalized patients.


  • Promoting high quality and high value health care for every hospitalized patient
  • Advancing the state of the art in hospital medicine through education and research
  • Improving hospitals and the health care community through innovation, collaboration and patient centered care
  • Supporting and nurturing a vibrant, diverse and multidisciplinary membership to ensure the long-term health of hospital medicine

*Updated March 2013


Timeline of SHM's History