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SHM Converge Shark Tank


Are you ready to swim with the sharks?

The SHM Converge Shark Tank session features brief pitches on three of 2021's best innovative ideas in Hospital Medicine. These innovators will present bold, early-stage concepts that may very well transform Hospital Medicine as we know it. Three world-renowned Hospital Medicine 'Sharks' and you (the audience) will provide constructive, friendly, and often funny feedback to help take these Hospital Medicine Innovators to move to the next level of success! This session will be very interactive with audience participation, so dive into this Shark Tank session ready to learn, laugh, and network with fellow innovators.

Sharks will have the opportunity to “bid” on projects offering up to two hours of project mentorship. In the case of multiple bids, presenters will choose the shark that most closely aligns with their project and/or desired input/feedback. The sharks will also select one overall winner, who will receive complimentary registration to SHM Converge in 2022.

Brief project concepts must be submitted by January 22, 2021, and will be peer-reviewed with the top three being selected for the Shark Tank session held at SHM Converge. In general, concepts should be in the planning stage (or with some preliminary data), bold, innovative, and with high impact in the field of hospital medicine. The finalists will submit draft presentations for feedback by March 18, 2021.


The goal of the SHM Shark Tank is to provide a venue for investigators to obtain targeted feedback from their peers and experienced investigators, the sharks, on their research or quality improvement projects in a highly visible, innovative, dynamic forum, while competing for a one-on-one in-person consultation with an experienced and highly engaged hospital medicine mentor and complimentary registration to SHM Converge 2022.

Submission Requirements

  • Participation in the Shark Tank session is open to SHM members only.
  • Submissions may be focused on a project related to research, quality improvement, or medical education topic critical to the practice of hospital medicine.
  • Submissions should be well-developed ideas (see submission components, below), but should not have already been started/implemented outside of feasibility pilots.

Peer-Review Criteria

Submissions will be peer reviewed for selection based on the following criteria:

  • Significance of the problem being addressed
  • The innovation of the proposed approach/solution
  • Short- and long-term impact of the proposed approach/solution
  • Planned implementation
  • Team organization and membership, i.e., who’s on your team

Session Judging Criteria

  • Innovation
  • Quality of idea and project plan
  • Defined need for mentorship
  • The potential impact on hospital medicine
  • Presentation delivery and creativity

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Submission Components

To be considered for the SHM Converge Shark Tank, fill out the brief application form below, including:

  • Applicant Information
  • Collaborator Information
  • Project Proposal Content
    • Background
    • Specific Aims
    • Preliminary Data
    • Plans for Moving Forward
    • Mentorship Desired

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The Sharks

Andrew D. Auerbach, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine

Andrew Auerbach MD MPH is Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, in the Division of Hospital Medicine, where he is the Chair of the Clinical Content Oversight Committee for UCSF Health, the operational group responsible for developing and implementing electronic health record tools across the UCSF Health enterprise.


Luci Leykum, MD, MBA, MSc
Professor of Medicine
Dell Medical School UT Austin, S Texas Veterans Health Care System

Luci Leykum, MD, MBA, MSc, FACP, SFHM, is a Professor of Medicine and Executive Associate Chair in the Department of Medicine at Dell Medical School / UT Austin. She is also a Clinician-Investigator in the South Texas Veterans Health Care System and is the Center Lead for the Elizabeth Dole Center of Excellence for Veteran and Caregiver Research.

Hardeep Singh, MD, MPH
Chief, Health Policy, Quality and Informatics Program
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Baylor College of Medicine

Hardeep Singh, M.D., M.P.H. is a general internist and Chief of Health Policy, Quality & Informatics Program, Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety based at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. He leads a portfolio of patient safety research in improving the use of health information technology and reducing diagnostic errors in health care.