Hospital Medicine SIG

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SIG purpose/mission:
The mission of the APA's Hospital Medicine SIG is to advance the field of Hospital Medicine within the APA and nationally by working closely with the two other societies that support Pediatric Hospital Medicine (American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society of Hospital Medicine).

Hospital Medicine SIG Updates

Save the Date for Pediatric Hospital Medicine 2019!
Mark your calendars for this exciting conference!
When: July 25th - 28th
Where: Hyatt Regency Seattle, Seattle, WA

Check out for more details, including information about submission deadlines and program information. This website will be updated regularly over the coming months.

APA Pediatric Hospital Medicine Taskforce

HM SIG Co-Chairs Drs. Shaughnessy and Andrews have recently joined this new taskforce. This taskforce was created by the APA to help develop a comprehensive and long-term strategy to proactively support the career development of pediatric hospitalists.

The Consortium of Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Given the rapid progression of the field of PHM over the past few years and the recent approval for PHM to become a board certified specialty through the ABP, the three sponsoring organizations of PHM (APA, AAP and Society of Hospital Medicine) have formed the Consortium of Pediatric Hospital Medicine (CPHM) to provide a unified home for PHM and its key stakeholders. Dr. Erin Shaughnessy and Dr. Lauren Solan are members of the CPHM and represent the interests of the APA Hospital Medicine SIG membership within the group; Dr. Lauren Solan currently serves as the Chair of CPHM, taking over the reins from Dr. Sandy Gage (SHM).

Annual summary:

  1. Annual SIG Meeting at PAS 2018   The SIG meeting occurred on Saturday, May 5th and was well attended by hospitalists who are members of the APA.  The focus of our session was on preparing pediatric hospital medicine groups for board certification. We invited experienced PHM colleagues to speak about the basics of board certification, the potential impact on the workforce and PHM market, how to mentor residents and fellows and what this means for community hospitalists. After a didactic overview, we held breakout sessions facilitated by our speakers. For the business portion of the meeting, we invited representatives from the AAP SOHM Education Subcommittee, the Value in Inpatient Pediatrics (VIP) group, Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS) and the APA HM SIG Faculty Development Subcommittee. We also welcomed our newly elected SIG Co-Chair (Dr. Annie Andrews) and thanked Dr. Jennifer O’Toole for her mentorship and dedication to the APA for the preceding 3 years. We used our stipend to purchase a plaque for Dr. O’Toole. We only received two written evaluations, although received many positive verbal comments after the session.
  2. Annual SIG Meeting at PAS 2019   The SIG meeting occurred on Monday, April 29th and was titled “The Brave New World of Subspecialty Status: Pediatric Hospital Medicine”. With the inclusion of and support from respected members in the field of Pediatric Hospital Medicine, we discussed the nuts and bolts of subspecialty certification and logistics of the board certification exam, hosting a debate about hiring only board-eligible or board-certified faculty, addressing how to support Pediatric Hospital Medicine fellows in scholarly work and concluding with SIG business, including the election results for our newest HM APA SIG Co-Chair. It was a very well attended session with positive reviews with an overall rating of 4.8/5.0
  3. PHM 2018 Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA  The APA sponsored PHM 2018 and Drs. Jennifer O’Toole and Lauren Solan served as Co-Chairs for the meeting. The APA last sponsored the PHM Meeting in 2015 when 850 folks were in attendance; 2018 was the largest to date with over 1250 in attendance! Drs. O’Toole and Solan held bi-monthly planning committee session calls, and (at minimum) bi-monthly calls with APA staff. We had 8 pre-conference submissions and were able to accept all 8 submissions; these sessions preceded the meeting and covered a vast range of topics. Below are some statistics about submitted and accepted content, which we find quite impressive:    Content Type Submissions Received # Accepted % Accepted  Workshops                114                         60               52%  Mini-Plenary    44                         35               80%  Clinical Quick Hit        27                         14               52%  Research Abstract        266                        178               67%  Conundrum Abstract      396                        156               39%   
  4. PHM 2019 Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA  PHM 2019 is being sponsored by the AAP and planning is ongoing. We anticipate continued growth of the meeting again this year. Drs. Solan, Shaughnessy, and Andrews participated in the PHM 2019 planning session held immediately after PHM 2018. We all participate in bi-monthly planning calls as well. Drs. Shaughnessy and Andrews will remain on the Planning Committee for PHM 2020 and will be joined by the newest incoming APA PHM SIG Co-Chair, Dr. Francisco Alvarez.  

Consortium of Pediatric Hospital Medicine (CPHM) CPHM is a group comprised of representatives from the three organizations sponsoring PHM (APA, AAP and SHM). CPHM seeks to provide a unified home for PHM and its key stakeholders. Dr. Solan (APA SIG Co-Chair) is currently the Chair of CPHM (term Aug 2018-July 2019) and Dr. Erin Shaughnessy (APA SIG Co-Chair) is a member. Dr. Annie Andrews (APA SIG Co-Chair) will rotate on as a member in July 2019 and Dr. Solan will rotate off. CPHM funds 2 Council of Pediatric Subspecialties (CoPS) representatives. Dr. Karen Jerardi is a representative who represents the PHM Fellowship Directors (term 2017-2019) and Dr. JoAnna Leyenaar is the other representative for the larger PHM community (term 2018-2021). The PHM Fellowship Directors will be appointing a new rep this summer with plans to serve a 2-year term. CPHM assisted in selecting society representatives to the Choosing Wisely panel led by Dr. Ricardo Quinonez and supported by SHM. From the APA, we chose 3 members each from those who met desired qualifications (Drs. Michael Tchou, Amanda Schondelmeyer and Barrett Fromme). SHM and AAP similarly chose 3 reps and utilized the same process. CPHM also funds 2 PHM representatives to serve on the planning committee for the PAS Meeting. Current representatives are Dr. Tamara Simon (term 2017-2020) and Dr. Derek Williams (term 2018-2021). Other activities that the CPHM will be  involved in for this coming years is potential development/discussion of PHM specific questions for US News and World Report,  re-assessment of how the PHM meetings are planned from year to year and creation of task force to inform additional pediatric-specific survey questions for the Practice Analysis Committee survey created by SHM.   

Other groups (other SIGs and other groups not in the APA) that work in your area of interest:

AAP SOHM (Section on Hospital Medicine), SHM (Society for Hospital Medicine) Pediatric Special Interest Group

Current SIG Co-Chairs:

Francisco Alvarez, MD
300 Pasteur Dr
Stanford, CA 94305
Phone: (215) 906-5385

Anne Andrews, MD
135 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29425
Phone: (843) -87-8512

Erin Shaughnessy, MD
1919 E. Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: (513) 582-8181




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