Reconnect at SHM Converge 2023
Get ready for an exciting, dynamic, and inspiring reunion of hospital medicine professionals in the capital of the Lone Star State.
A welcome message from Conference Course Director Christopher Whinney, MD, FACP, SFHM:
We are excited to see you all again, following our reconnection in Nashville for a stellar SHM Converge 2022. What better place to do this in 2023 than a city with 300 days of sunshine a year, temperature of 60-70 degrees in March, amazing outdoor activities, and hundreds of live music venues such that the city is named the "Live Music Capital of the World."
The Annual Conference Committee has invested a tremendous amount of time and energy to bring you an outstanding collection of topics relevant to hospitalist practice in many domains. We appreciate your feedback and have made substantive changes to the meeting’s format to ensure that we will make this even more valuable and engaging going forward.
So, here is what you can expect for Converge 2023:
We will have 106 didactic sessions, 19 workshops, and four advanced learning courses (ALCs), formerly known as pre-courses.
The meeting will be 2½ days, with each day starting at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast, and content beginning at 8:30 a.m. (For those of you reconnecting with your colleagues from across the globe late at night, you have some wiggle room.)
You have asked us for more time for networking, and we have delivered. There will be dedicated times with hosted networking and social events that will not conflict with clinical sessions, so you can connect with others from around the country and the globe who share the passions, engagement, and challenges we all face in hospital medicine.
We are excited to welcome keynote speaker Thom Tran, a first-generation American immigrant turned American soldier, combat veteran, and professional touring standup comedian. Thom will describe how humor and comedy carried him through combat in Iraq, life after war, and the transition out of uniform in his session, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Frontlines: How Comedy Saved My Life During War. Literally” at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, March 27.
If you are able to join us earlier than the main meeting, consider attending the excellent advanced learning courses, where you can learn from national experts about point-of-care ultrasound, critical care, ultrasound-based procedures, and a novel course on the spectrum of hospitalist finances and value titled “Bedside to the C-Suite: How to Optimize Your Career as a Future Leader in Hospital Medicine.”
The last day of the main meeting will end at 1 p.m. for those who need to travel longer distances, so you will not feel like you will miss out on any in-person content if your travel will take you out of Austin on the last afternoon.
The clinical content will be presented by some of the best in the field and will be just what any practicing hospitalist needs, spanning topics as diverse as emerging infections, ketamine use in hospitalized patients, blood product stewardship, inpatient sickle cell management, and management of patients with injection drug use-related infections.
We are proud to offer a new educational track on vulnerable populations, which will include sessions dealing with patients with medical complexity, social instability, language barriers, and transgender and nonbinary patients.
You can also join in engaging discussions on point-of-care ultrasound versus a physical exam, the perioperative “Great Debate,” which was a tremendous draw in past years, Things We Do for No Reason™ in the perioperative milieu, as well as the value of the inpatient daily physical examination. We hope these sessions will challenge your perspectives on practice efficiencies and value-added care. The always dynamic “Medical Jeopardy” session will return this year as well, with stellar faculty who will be ready to answer challenging questions and expand our knowledge base.
We have an amazing academic Leadership Summit where hospital medicine leaders in academic venues will share ideas and network and innovate solutions to continuing challenges in the spaces where we teach trainees and grow our fields of amazing clinicians.
New and experienced hospitalists alike will also benefit from our early and mid-career speed mentorship sessions to provide you with an opportunity to develop, refine, or realign your career.
Interested in innovation? Don’t miss the Shark Tank session, where candidates will present novel hospital medicine-related proposals to senior research and innovation leaders in hospital medicine; this will help with generating new ideas as to how to deliver optimal care in hospital medicine.
It’s impossible to sum up the unforgettable experience we have in store for you this month. We invite you to join us to learn some amazing content specifically for hospital medicine professionals, leverage great networking opportunities, contribute to your professional development, and improve selected skills in hospital-based care. You will make lifelong memories and optimize your course in your hospital medicine career and enjoy a few tunes from an amazing musical city. Please visit shmconverge.org to register if you haven’t already and view the most up-to-date conference schedule. We hope to see you in Austin later this month!
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