History & Mission
Everything SHM does for its members and the hospital medicine movement rests on its mission and objectives, developed by its Board of Directors, and rooted in the rich history of hospital medicine.
Mission: SHM promotes exceptional care for hospitalized patients.
- Promoting high quality and high-value health care for every hospitalized patient
- Advancing the state of the art in hospital medicine through education and research
- Improving hospitals and the health care community through innovation, collaboration and patient-centered care
- Supporting and nurturing a vibrant, diverse and multidisciplinary membership to ensure the long-term health of hospital medicine
*Last updated March 2013
Response to Racism in the U.S.
SHM deplores the negative impact of racism in our nation and will always strive to remedy racial inequities in our healthcare system. Racism in our society cannot be ignored. Nor will SHM ignore racism’s impact on public health. SHM enthusiastically supports its members working to promote equity and reduce the adverse impact of racism. We are committed to using our platform to improve the health of patients everywhere.
SHM would like to reaffirm its long-valued dedication to diversity and inclusion. We remain committed to promoting healthy discussions and action throughout our publications, resources and member communities, as outlined by our diversity and inclusion statement.
*Last updated June 1, 2020
SHM Diversity and Inclusion Statement
Hospitalists are charged with treating individuals at their most vulnerable moments, when being respected as a whole person is crucial to advance patients’ healing and wellness. Within our workforce, diversity is a strength in all its forms, which helps us learn about the human experience, grow as leaders, and ultimately create a respectful environment for all regardless of age, race, religion, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, appearance, or ability. To this end, the Society of Hospital Medicine will work to eliminate health disparities for our patients and foster inclusive and equitable cultures across our care teams and institutions with the goal of moving medicine and humanity forward.
*Last updated January 2020