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SHM Conference Grant


SHM’s Conference Grant offers 10 students and/or residents the opportunity to attend SHM’s Converge Conference. Winners will be awarded one complimentary registration to Converge 2024 and up to $1,000 for travel-related expenses. * Hospital Medicine Fellows are not eligible for the SHM Conference Grant.

Applicants must submit an abstract to the Research, Innovations and Clinical Vignettes (RIV) Competition and complete the Conference Grant Application. The Conference Grant Application is comprised of the applicant’s current CV, verification of enrollment/good standing from their training program and/or institution, and written response to the application question. Documents may be uploaded below.

All applicants must be active members of the Society of Hospital Medicine and be enrolled in a medical or residency program.

Applicants are expected to conduct 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).

SHM is committed to a grant application review process that does not exclude any underrepresented groups in hospital medicine and appreciates projects that seek to identify and address disparities experienced by marginalized populations. All members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply for the SHM Conference Grant. For more information on SHM’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion please click here.

*The complimentary registration is non-transferable and only valid to the conference for which the project was selected, regardless of whether the conference takes place in-person or virtually. The $1,000 travel-related reimbursement will not be awarded if the conference is in virtual-only format.

Who is Eligible

  • Candidates for this award must be a current resident or student in good standing at a US or Canadian accredited medical school or residency program.
  • Candidates must be an active resident or student member of the Society of Hospital Medicine at the time of application submission.
  • Candidates must have submitted an abstract for consideration in either the Research or Innovations categories at the annual Society of Hospital Medicine meeting. Areas of interest may include clinical research, basic science research, systematic review of a clinical problem, quality improvement-patient safety, high value care or medical education. Clinical vignettes will not be considered.
  • Candidates must be the first author of the abstract and will be the designated presenter in either the oral or poster venues.
  • Prior recipients of the conference grant will be deemed ineligible for the same award in subsequent years.

How to Apply

  • Visit the Scientific Abstracts Competition webpage
  • Create an account or log in to your existing account.
  • Submit an abstract in the Research or Innovations categories of the RIV Scientific Abstract Competition
  • Go to the task list page and select the Conference Grant Application
  • Submissions for the 2024 SHM Conference Grant are now closed. Submissions for 2025 will open in September 2024.

Submission Requirements

  • A current CV
  • A verification of enrollment/good standing from your medical program or institution
  • A statement of interest describing your role in the project, your interest in the field of Hospital Medicine, and if applicable how your project addresses equity in care. Please feel free to include information about past experience in Hospital Medicine, and/or topics you hope to explore at SHM Converge. (150-300 words)

Review and Selection Process

  • The application period for the Physicians in Training Conference Grant will coincide with the annual Research, Innovations, and Clinical Vignettes (RIV) call for abstract submissions. This period will approximately span from September to early December.
  • At the time of abstract submission, applicants should indicate whether they wish to be considered for a conference grant. Should applicants fulfill the above eligibility criteria, an invitation to apply will be extended.
  • Abstracts will be initially screened and scored by the SHM RIV Committee for novelty and scientific merits of the research project or quality improvement initiative.
  • Applicants’ abstracts who are accepted for poster presentation at the national meeting AND achieve a threshold score greater than 5 (scale of 1 to 10) will be considered eligible for review by the Physicians-in-Training (PIT) Committee. The top 20 eligible abstracts, as determined by the RIV committee, will be reviewed by the PIT committee in order to select the final award recipients.
  • Additional criteria for consideration:
    • Applicant’s educational qualifications and record of scholarly productivity and/or leadership
    • Degree of involvement in project design and execution
    • Impact and applicability of applicant’s project to hospital medicine
    • Strength of applicant’s commitment to a career in hospital medicine

View the SHM Conference Grant Scoring Rubric