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Transforming Hospital Medicine for 25 Years

You're a hospitalist. We're your advocate.

Celebrating 25 Years  

SHM invites you to join our celebration of 25 years in advancing the career of hospitalists through education, research, and collaboration. Learn how SHM can advance your career. While it is important to remember where we began, SHM is focused on the future of our specialty and the healthcare industry. High-quality and high-value patient care is at the core of who we are as hospitalists. 

Message from CEO and Past Board President

So Much Can Happen in 25 Years 

Just one year after the term “hospitalist” was coined by Drs. Bob Wachter and Lee Goldman, Drs. John R. Nelson and Winthrop F. Whitcomb founded the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) in 1997. This year, we proudly celebrate our 25th anniversary, an incredible milestone for our specialty.

Throughout the last 25 years, hospital medicine has brought immeasurable “value” to our industry and the patients we treat. Together, we influence the value equation, value = quality/cost, by enhancing quality, supporting better coordination of care, and minimizing practices that do not add value. Read full letter. 

Voices of Members


icons8-chat-100.png I credit SHM for giving me the imagination and the vision to expand my job in a lot of different ways that I would never been able to imagine otherwise.  

Mary Fredrickson, MD

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icons8-chat-100.png As SHM celebrates its 25th anniversary I wish this will continue while we further evolve as hospitalists together. 

Sandeep Pagali, MD, FHM

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icons8-chat-100.png I see SHM in the next 25 years continuing to grow as the specialty of hospital medicine grows as well as keeping abreast of all the changes we are going to face like hospital at home in continuing pressures on the specialty to deliver high-value care. 

Steve Phillipson, MD, FHM

Chapter Spotlights

Chapter Spotlight: Atlanta
Published: February 3, 2022

Hospitalist John Vazquez, MD, calls it cross-pollination.
As the immediate past president of the SHM chapter in Atlanta, he’s referring to the value of networking and the role personal and professional development plays in the busy world of hospital medicine. View full article in The Hospitalist

Chapter Spotlight: New Mexico
Published: March 1, 2022

Back in 2014, when Eileen Barrett, MD, MPH, MACP, SFHM, was the leader of the New Mexico Chapter of the American College of Physicians, she was asked to help support the launch of the state’s first SHM chapter. It was a no-brainer to say yes. View full article in The Hospitalist

Chapter Spotlight: Rhode Island
Published: April 1, 2022

For years, there’d been talk of starting a Rhode Island chapter of SHM. Sure, hospitalists in the smallest state in the country could have hopped state lines to join a chapter in Boston or Hartford, Conn. But that’s not who Rhode Islanders are. View full article in The Hospitalist

Chapter Spotlight: Kentucky
Published: May 2, 2022

Inpatient beds in Kentucky run the gamut of locations. There are academic medical centers in Lexington and Louisville, a Fort Campbell field hospital along the Tennessee border, and the rural outposts of the state’s southwestern counties (roughly equidistant from Louisville and Little Rock, Ark). So it’s no accident that the Kentucky chapter of SHM dedicates a lot of time, effort, and money to ensure it represents them all. View full article in The Hospitalist

Chapter Spotlight: Los Angeles 
Published: June 1, 2022

In early March 2020, the Los Angeles chapter of SHM was hosting former society president and local chapter member Nasim Afsar, MD, MBA, MHM, (chief health officer of Cerner, Los Angeles) for an in-person event. The event was particularly exciting for hospitalist Stephanie Zia, MD, MACM, FAAP, FACP, FHM, who was about to take over as chapter president. View full article in The Hospitalist





Special Interest Group (SIG) Spotlights

SIG Spotlight: Quality Improvement
Published: June 1, 2022

More than 25 years ago, hospital medicine was born out of the now obvious-seeming conceit that medical care for hospitalized patients could be qualitatively improved.
So it’s no surprise that today one of the most popular SHM Special Interest Groups (SIGs) born of that movement focuses on quality improvement (QI)—the veritable raison d’être for the specialty. View full article in The Hospitalist

SIG Spotlight: Hospital Medicine Administrators 
Published: May 2, 2022

The opening minutes of the monthly online gathering for SHM’s Hospital Medicine Administrators (HMA) Special Interest Group (SIG) can sound more like a support group than anything else. “We go around checking in,” said chair Elda Dede, MPA, FHM, a hospital medicine administrator with the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. “’How are things in your practice?’ And we share all the crises and victories—and how it’s going and how we’re handling it. This is our time to seek solutions and exchange best practices.”  View full article in The Hospitalist

SIG Spotlight: Perioperative/Co-Management
Published: February 3, 2022

Hospitalists don’t focus much on the ins and outs of perioperative care in medical school and residency, but rising surgical volumes in recent years, combined with the ever-growing recognition that hospitalists manage inpatients best, has led to a boom in using hospital medicine professionals to bookend care around procedures.  View full article in The Hospitalist





Other Anniversary Article Spotlights

SHM celebrates 25th anniversary as the home for hospital medicine
Published: January 7, 2022

A little more than a quarter-century ago the emergence of the new medical specialty of hospital medicine was signaled in a New England Journal of Medicine article that defined it by the location for its practice: within the acute hospital. View full article in The Hospitalist

Volunteers: Making SHM an Educational, Scientific, and Advocacy Powerhouse for 25 Years
Published: April 1, 2022

For Ramesh Adhikari, MD, MS, FHM, a hospitalist with Franciscan Alliance in Lafayette, Ind., volunteering for SHM seemed like the right thing to do. “My motivation was to advance the field of hospital medicine and help other hospitalists as well as myself. It allowed me to grow professionally, meet hospitalists, and help bring them together.” View full article in The Hospitalist

Dr. Rizk and the Other Members of SHM’s Public Policy Committee and Staff Advocate for You and Your Patients
Published: May 2, 2022

Advocacy, simply put, is the act of pleading or arguing in favor of something. It’s raising the concerns and voices of a group to efficiently influence decisions and affect change within political, economic, and social institutions. This is exactly what SHM has been doing on behalf of its members and their patients for decades. View full article in The Hospitalist

Dr. Khanijow Talks LGBTQIA+ Patient Care and Shares His Story
Published: June 1, 2022

The LGBTQIA+ community has doubled since it was first measured in 2012, according to a 2022 Gallup poll—it now includes 7.1% of Americans. As the community expands, so has acceptance and legal protection against discrimination.  View full article in The Hospitalist






At SHM, our members are our mission.

From education to professional development, SHM is laser-focused on providing hospital medicine-specific opportunities, including networking, advocacy and leadership development to take your career to the next level.  Above all, joining SHM will empower you to make a positive impact on patients and the entire hospital medicine community.