The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) is THE professional medical society representing more than 15,000 of the 52,000 practicing hospitalists in the U.S. and is dedicated to providing exceptional care to the hospitalized patient.

Hospital medicine continues to outpace the growth of every other medical specialty … and SHM shares this amazing trajectory, leading the revolutionary hospital medicine movement.  Join SHM today


1996 - The term “hospitalist” is coined in The New England Journal of Medicine by Robert Wachter, MD and Lee Goldman, MD.

1997 - The National Association of Inpatient Physicians (NAIP) is formed by John Nelson, MD and Winthrop Whitcomb, MD.

2003 - With 3,500 members, NAIP is re-named the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM).

2016 – SHM recognizes its 15,000th member during Hospital Medicine 2016- the largest hospitalist conference in history.

Benefits of Membership

SHM helps you to navigate the changing and challenging demands of hospital medicine, the fastest growing medical specialty in the nation. As an SHM member you will join a dynamic community of hospitalist who are making a real difference in the field of hospital medicine today.

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Current Members

SHM Publications

KeyboardAll SHM members stay on top of the latest The latest news and research in hospital medicine can through their complimentary subscriptions to be found in the pages of The Hospitalist and The Journal of Hospital Medicine.

Read The Hospitalist to see what’s trending now.

  • The Journal of Hospital Medicine (JHM) is the first and only peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the specialty of hospital medicine.
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Maintenance of Certification

MeetingQualified hospitalists are now able to seek entry into the Recognition of Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine Program (FPHM), a pathway in the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Process. It is one of the first opportunities to earn hospital medicine- specific credentials.

Learn more about FPHM.

Fellow in Hospital Medicine Program

CalendarDemonstrate your commitment to the field of hospital medicine and distinguish yourself from other hospital medicine practitioners. Apply for the Fellow (FHM) or Senior Fellow (SFHM) in Hospital Medicine designation from SHM.

Get Involved


As you advance your career in hospital medicine, SHM is right beside you, offering a wealth of engagement experiences that will grow your strengths and interests, as well as help to build your resume and professional profile. In addition, SHM Chapters and Sections offer opportunities to engage with peers in local regions or around special interests. To learn more about ways to get involved, visit the links below:

SHM membership is one of the most important investments you will make in your career as a hospitalist. Enjoy this video about how SHM membership is making a difference in the lives of hospitalists and the patients they serve.