Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Hospitalists Are Finalizing Core Curriculum

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Hospitalists Are Finalizing Core Curriculum

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CHICAGO -- The Society of Hospital Medicine has taken a major step toward defining the core content areas and competencies for practicing hospitalists.

Members of SHM got their first glimpse of a draft document at the society's annual meeting. Authors of the curriculum hope that the document, which is considered a crucial part of becoming a bona fide specialty, will be published in early 2006, possibly in the first issue of the Journal of Hospital Medicine, which is scheduled for publication in January.

"The current iteration of the core curriculum that we've developed was really borne from the first education summit that SHM held in September 2002," Michael J. Pistoria, D.O., chairman of the curriculum task force, said during the meeting in Chicago. "The concept of the core curriculum was really one of trying to find who we are and what we are. We know that what we do we do very well, [but] we don't always know how or why, and we don't know maybe how to teach [to achieve] the best possible hospitalists."

The core curriculum will be a valuable resource for adult and pediatric hospitalists and for medical education, said Dr. Pistoria, associate program director at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pa.

"For example, a program director who wants to design a hospitalist track within his or her residency program, or a hospitalist fellowship, or even simply a class on congestive heart failure--say a lecture series--would have some of the core elements of that training," he said. …

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