Hospitalists launch journal, set training standards

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted March 13, 2006

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With about 15,000 hospitalists nationwide, hospital medicine as a medical specialty is showing signs of maturing.

The Society of Hospital Medicine published the first issue of The Journal of Hospital Medicine in February and released guidelines to standardize the curricula of those teaching hospital medicine to medical students, residents and practicing physicians.

SHM President Steve Pantilat, MD, said he expected the new guidelines to become a benchmark for assessing gaps in training programs and a tool in planning for hospitalist credentialing or certification programs.

The guidelines are free to SHM members, medical school deans, and internal medicine and family practice residency program directors. SHM developed the guidelines in conjunction with more than 100 hospitalists and physician leaders. The SHM, which was established in 1997, has about 4,300 members. For more information visit SHM's Web site (link).

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