Many physicians earn CME credits online, and while this is a convenient and inexpensive option, it also lacks the opportunities for networking and collaboration a live CME conference provides. Attending a conference can also be a fun excuse to travel to a new place and meet other hospitalists from around the country. If you would like to learn cutting-edge information in a setting that fosters discussion and hands-on learning, then try ditching your computer and registering for one of these hospitalist-geared conferences in 2017.
Internal Medicine Meeting 2017
Where: San Diego, CA
When: March 30-April 1
The American College of Physicians’ annual Internal Medicine Meeting will feature a number of sessions specifically geared to hospitalists this year, with offerings including “A Hospitalist Approach to Mass Casualty Events,” “Challenges in Inpatient Management of Pregnant Patients,” “Diabetes Management in the Hospital,” and 37 others which you can view here. If you don’t have time to attend all three days, you can register for one day and still gain access to over 70 sessions, and recordings of many sessions will also be made available for CME credit after the conference if you can’t make it to San Diego this spring.
Hospitalist & Internal Medicine Review & Update: Inpatient & Outpatient Care
Who: American Medical Seminars
Where: Sarasota, FL
When: April 3-7
The objective of this course by American Medical Seminars is to help physicians develop practical approaches to patients with metabolic disorders, taking into account lifestyles, costs, and long-term needs. Enjoy some of Florida’s best beaches while earning 20 CME credits and learning from experts from the Mayo Clinic Florida and The Perelman School of Medicine. Find a full outline here.
Hospital Medicine 2017
Who: Society of Hospital Medicine
Where: Las Vegas, NV
When: May 1-4
As the largest gathering of hospitalists in the U.S., the Society of Hospital Medicine’s 2017 conference is a can’t-miss event. They offer 14 tracks tailored to your educational interests, including Academic/Research, Diagnostic Reasoning, Practice Management, and a “Potpourri” option which enrolls you in a variety of non-clinical sessions. In addition to this, they offer 20 special interest forums and several workshops for more collaborative learning. This year’s featured speakers are some of the most influential physicians and leaders in the field. You can learn more about them here.
Perioperative Care Boot Camp
Who: American College of Perioperative Medicine
Where: Houston, TX
When: June 9-11
The American College of Perioperative Medicine offers a more intimate educational setting focused on essential information for hospitalists, anesthesiologists, surgeons, nurses, and OR directors. With an enrollment of just 150, concise 30-minute sessions, and question-and-answer sessions with faculty from a range of specialties, this is a uniquely personal conference experience where you will learn best practices for enhancing recovery after surgery. It is approved for up to 17 CME credits. Find more information here.
Hospital Medicine Cruise
Who: Continuing Education, Inc.
Where: Seattle, WA
When: July 28 – August 4
If you would like to turn your CME into a vacation, then try this one-week cruise from Seattle to Alaska. In-between stops at scenic locations in Alaska and British Columbia, you will complete sessions on everything from acute kidney injury to recognizing physician burnout. Physicians earn 14 credits on this cruise. Find their topics and learning objectives here.
Hospitalist & Emergency Procedures Course
Who: Hospital Procedures Consultants
Where: Washington, D.C.; Las Vegas, NV; & San Antonio, TX
When: June 24-25; August 12-13; November 11-12
Hospitalist Procedures Consultants offer courses at various dates throughout the country, so if you would like to learn essential procedures hands-on, you might want to consider one of these conferences. They offer 1-day and 2-day course options for 10-20 credits. Chicago is sold out this year, but there are still openings in Las Vegas, San Antonio, and Washington, D.C., and they also offer an online course. Register here.
Any of these conferences would be a great way to earn the majority, if not all, of the CME credits you need for the year while fitting in some time at the beach or casino. If you are planning to attend or have attended one of these conferences in the past, feel free to leave a comment about your experience.