SHM Junior Investigator Award

The Junior Investigator Award was created for junior/early stage investigators, defined as faculty in the first five years of their most recent position/appointment. Applicants must be hospitalist or clinician-investigators whose research interests focus on the care of hospitalized patients, organization of hospitals or the practice of hospitalists. Applicants must be members of SHM in good-standing. Nominations from mentors or self-nominations are both welcomed.

Required Materials

  • A single page cover letter that expresses the applicants interest in the JIA award and confirms that they meet eligibility criteria;
  • A letter of support from the department chair of supervisor (not to exceed 1 page);
  • Standard NIH Biosketch (not to exceed 5 pages)
  • A one-page description of Specific Aims or Personal Aspirations. This document may be a specific aims page from a career development award and describes the key focus of the candidates proposed research. Alternatively, the candidate may submit an overview of their research interests and how these intersect the practice of hospital-based medicine.
  • Supplementary information (not to exceed 3 pages) which should include each of the following:
    • Area of Interest and Impact of research: the anticipated impact the research may have/has had on hospital medicine, the practice of inpatient medicine or policies related to hospital-based care on a local, regional or national level.
    • Career achievements and milestones: these should describe the candidate’s achievements in the form of scholarly products (e.g., abstracts, peer-reviewed publications, intra- and extra-mural grant funding);
    • Engagement with the Society of Hospital Medicine: the candidate should describe in detail their involvement with the Society, including but not limited to: years of SHM membership; involvement with SHM committees, task forces or panels for scientific meetings; presentation of research at SHM meetings (abstracts, posters, and oral sessions); participation at SHM local or regional meetings (including local chapters); attendance at various SHM-sponsored activities including the SHM Academic Summit, the Academic Hospitalist Academy, etc.

Criteria for Selection

The SHM Research Committee will appoint an ad-hoc panel to review merits of each application and pick a single winner for the award. Priority will be given to applicants with demonstrated leadership and engagement in SHM committees with the greatest potential to impact the field of hospital medicine. The winner will be invited to receive the award during SHM’s annual Hospital Medicine meeting and will receive complimentary meeting registration for this meeting. The winner will also receive a complimentary one-year membership subscription to SHM. To apply, please email the requested elements in a single PDF file, with JIA in the subject line, to: Patrick Vulgamore: pvulgamore@hospitalmedicine.org by November 30, 2017.