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Society of Hospital Medicine General Information

Mission Statement and Objectives
The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) promotes exceptional care for hospitalized patients.
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In 1996, Robert Wachter, MD, MHM coined the term “hospitalist” in the New England Journal of Medicine. Subsequently, the National Association of Inpatient Physicians (NAIP) was founded, followed by the commencement of NAIP’s first annual meeting in 1998. NAIP changed its name to the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) in 2003. SHM continues to be the only medical society devoted entirely to hospitalists and the hospital medicine movement.
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Definition of a Hospitalist
A physician who specializes in the practice of hospital medicine. Following medical school, hospitalists typically undergo residency training in general internal medicine, general pediatrics, or family practice, but may also receive training in other medical disciplines.
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Definition of Hospital Medicine
A medical specialty dedicated to the delivery of comprehensive medical care to hospitalized patients.
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Industry Policy
The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) has a long standing transparent approach to its relationship with industry partners. Included in this web area are the SHM principles for Organizational Relationships, which have been SHM policy since 2000.
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  • Publishes the nation’s first and only peer-reviewed journal for hospital medicine, The Journal of Hospital Medicine, which was selected for inclusion in MEDLINE
  • Provides continuing education, and industry updates, through SHM's monthly news magazine, The Hospitalist
  • Conducts surveys, prepares written analyses and provides discussion forums that define the specialty of hospital medicine as it continues to evolve
  • Develops policy and position statements addressing SHM's shared concerns and issues
  • Advocates on behalf of hospital medicine before other medical societies as well as government and regulatory agencies