SHM Student Hospitalist Scholar Grant

The Society of Hospital Medicine’s (SHM’s) Physician in Training Committee launched a scholarship program in 2015 for Medical Students to help transform healthcare and revolutionize patient care.  For the second year of the scholarship SHM is able to award one additional student (four total) the SHM Student Hospitalist Scholarship Grant.

Congratulations to the 2016 Student Hospitalist Scholarship recipients:

Haverly Snyder
Student at the Medical College of Wisconsin
Project: The Trauma of Hospitalization: Identifying Causes and Potential Solutions
Location Project will be Conducted: Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Shane Ali
Student at the University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio
Project: Pleural Fluid Echogenicity by Ultrasound Imaging and Computer Based Pixilation to Determine Transudative vs. Exudative Effusions
Location Project will be Conducted: University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas

Aram Namavar
Student at Loyola University Chicago - Stritch School of Medicine
Project: Evaluation of Decisional Conflict as a Simple Tool to assess Risk for Readmission
Location Project will be Conducted: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Joseph Moo-Young
Student at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Project: Analysis and Optimization of the Inpatient Pediatric Discharge Process
Location Project will be Conducted: University of North Carolina Children's Hospital

Scholarship Information

Are you a medical student interested in hospital medicine? View the Society of Hospital Medicine’s Student Hospitalist Scholar Grant information below.  Check back in the fall of 2017 for application instructions.


To apply for the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) Student Hospitalist Scholar Grant, a candidate:

  1. Must identify a mentor, who is a current and active SHM member with whom he/she can conduct a full-time scholarly project.
  2. Must be enrolled as a medical student in good standing at a US or Canadian medical school.
  3. Must be able to dedicate a minimum of 8 weeks to scholarly project during the summer between school years.
  4. Cannot already have other sources of stipend support.  Students enrolled in MSTP programs (pursuing MD- PhDs) are not eligible for the program.
  5. Must be a student member of the Society of Hospital Medicine.

Applicants who are uncertain of his/her eligibility should request an advisory opinion from SHM before completing an application.


SHM-SHSG awardees will complete scholarly work with an active SHM mentor in a project related to patient safety/quality improvement or other areas relevant to the field of hospital medicine. The project should be conducted during the summer between school years.

Program requirements of STUDENTS will include:

  1. A required progress report at the end of the grant.
  2. Submission of project results as an abstract for Research, Innovations and Clinical Vignettes (RIV) Competition (as appropriate) for SHM’s annual meeting.
  3. Attendance of student scholars at the annual meeting (with financial support provided).
  4. Biweekly (every two weeks) entries pertaining to students’ clinical experiences and impressions in SHM’s "Future of Hospital Medicine" online community on the Hospital Medicine Exchange (HMX) and on SHM’s blog, The Hospital Leader. A prompt will be provided to guide the students.

Student Application Checklist

Program requirement of FACULTY MENTORS will include:

  1.  Assist students in identifying and developing a research project or quality improvement project, and serve as the principal investigator.
  2.  Ensure project compliance with institutional requirements regarding scientific and ethical standards, e.g. IRB’s as applicable.
  3.  Meet with students on a weekly basis to discuss progress of scholarly project and provide necessary research or statistical support
  4.  Provide student scholars with an opportunity to be exposed to or be involved in the clinical aspects of hospital medicine.  An additional clinical mentor may be identified for this purpose. 
  5.  Provide guidance in the writing and submission of abstracts, development of a poster or oral presentation, and in the writing of manuscripts as needed
  6. Attend the annual SHM meeting at which the student scholar will be presenting the scholarly project and be available to help answer questions as may arise during the presentation.  Extenuating circumstances preventing the mentor from attending will be considered by the committee on a case-by-case basis.

Use of Grant Funds

Recipients receive $500/week for the summer and the stipend is meant to cover salary support for the student exclusively.

Additionally, up to $1,500 will be reimbursed to the student for travel-related expenses to attend the annual SHM Hospital Medicine conference.

Evaluation and Conditions of Appointment Selection

SHM Student Hospitalist Scholar Grants will be awarded to up to ten (10) applicants who show exceptional ability and interest in hospital medicine.

The evaluation of an application will be based on the applicant’s general qualifications, prior educational training, and promise for scholarly productivity. Attention will be given to the originality and scientific merit of the proposed project. Students are expected to conduct their scholarly work according to the highest scientific and ethical standards and in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies regarding protection of human research subjects, humane care and laboratory safety (if applicable).