Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Hospitalist Association Gets a New Name, Renewed Focus. (Society of Hospital Medicine)

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Hospitalist Association Gets a New Name, Renewed Focus. (Society of Hospital Medicine)

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Don't call it the National Association of Inpatient Physicians anymore.

The nation's largest hospitalist organization on April 1 officially changed its name to more accurately reflect the field's broader scope and rapidly growing membership base.

"Many people didn't understand what NAIP was," Dr. Jeff Dichter, president of the newly named Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), told this newspaper.

He believes that the new title more clearly represents the field of hospital medicine.

"We certainly hope that we as an organization can do a lot to help our members and the growth of the field itself," Dr. Dichter continued. NAIP was founded 5 years ago with 300 charter members. Since then, the membership has grown to 3,900.

For a small organization with a once-uncertain future, "they've had remarkable success in terms of their membership," Dr. John Tooker, executive vice president of the American College of Physicians, acknowledged during the ACP's annual meeting in San Diego.

SHM estimates that the total number of practicing hospitalists in the United States will reach 20,000 by 2010.

Hospitalists have been playing a much larger role as overseers of patient safety and as business managers in hospitals, so practice management skills are becoming "imperative" to the hospitalist profession, Dr. …

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