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National Hospitalist Day


What is National Hospitalist Day?

Occurring the first Thursday in March annually, National Hospitalist Day celebrates the fastest growing specialty in modern medicine and hospitalists’ enduring contributions to the evolving healthcare landscape. It was approved by the National Day Calendar in 2018 and was one of approximately 30 national days to be approved for the year out of an applicant pool of more than 18,000.

In addition to celebrating hospitalists’ contributions to patient care, SHM will also be highlighting their varied career paths and personal stories.

Show support for your community by celebrating hospitalists like you.

Save the Date: Thursday, March 2, 2023!

This year’s fifth annual National Hospitalist Day is focused on The Future of Hospital Medicine, including:

  • Mentorship in the field
  • Medical students and residents invested in a career in hospital medicine
  • Hospitalists advancing the ever-evolving specialty to meet the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead

Downloadable graphics, customizable templates, and Zoom backgrounds are now available!

In addition to the annual social media contest, we are introducing a creative writing and art competition, the "HM Voices" contest, in partnership with The Hospitalist!

Whether you want to recognize a mentee who represents the future of the field, a mentor who has given you invaluable advice as you advanced in your career, or an innovator in the field who is laying the foundation for the future, we invite you to mark this special occasion on Thursday, March 2.

How SHM Supports Hospitalists

As the leading non-profit medical society serving the entire hospital medicine care team, SHM is rooted in its mission is to provide exceptional care for hospitalized patients through education, advocacy, research, quality improvement initiatives, and more.

SHM empowers hospitalists to thrive in their profession at all stages of their careers by connecting them with cutting-edge education, technology, and like-minded professionals to collectively transform patient care and the lives of patients.

Join today.

  • SHM Converge
    SHM's Annual Conference is created by hospitalists for hospitalists and is the only national conference focused on solely hospital medicine. From clinical updates to practice management, the education and networking are unparalleled. Learn more.

  • SHM Learning Portal
    Access free CME credits and MOC points with your SHM membership on the SHM Learning Portal. SHM's education program is designed to provide high-quality, evidence-based educational opportunities that fulfill your (CME) requirements and enhance your practice performance. Learn more.

Downloads & Graphics

Download NEW National Hospitalist Day customizeable Canva templates, graphics to post on social media, and more here. It's everything you need to celebrate National Hospitalist Day!


(Don't forget to share your photos to social media with the #HowWeHospitalist hashtag!)

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Social Media Contest

We all have a story. Share yours.

Get ready for the 2023 National Hospitalist Day social media contest! This year, it's all about the Future of Hospital Medicine.

From February 20 through March 3, we have your chance to win one of three $50 Amazon gift cards! Share a photo or post on social media highlighting mentors and mentees in hospital medicine, medical students or residents who embody the future of the field, or someone driving the field forward through reseach and innovation.

Make sure to use the #HowWeHospitalist hashtag to be eligible! Contest rules are available here.

Creative Writing & Art Contest

Get published in The Hospitalist! This year, we are excited to introduce a brand new component to the National Hospitalist Day Celebration -- the "HM Voices" contest in partnership with The Hospitalist.

"HM Voices" is an online-only section that allows members to express themselves through non-clinical, creative pieces in two sections:

  • "In Your Words" -- poetry, essays, narratives, and more
  • "In Your Eyes" -- art, digital creations, comics, and more

Between February 3 and March 3, submit your entry to for consideration in this contest related to the theme of this year's National Hospitalist Day, "The Future of Hospital Medicine." Three winners will be selected to have their contributions published online and in a print issue of The Hospitalist.

You may enter as many submissions as you would like. All submissions must be original creations and must not have been accepted for publication in any other journal or periodical. Full contest rules are available here.