A Successful Poster Night!

Thank you to all of our poster presenters!

We had 12 posters total. We had physicians, nurses, a dietitian and even a data scientist presenting. We had representation from academic and community hospitals from all over Seattle and from as far as Centralia.

  • Our top presenter Was Dr. O’Callaghan for his work on utility of blood cultures for children admitted with simple community acquired pneumonia.
  • Our learner-winner was from Dr. Kim and three pre-medical students for their work on hand hygiene.
  • By popular vote, Dr. Fick was our winner for his work on using a video to start a dialogue on goals of care.

Thank you to our judges, Dr. Rachel Thompson, Dr. Alvin Calderon and Dr. Sandeep Sachdeva. Thank you, also, to our photographer, Dr. Sarah Bork. Check photos of all the wonderful posters.




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Poster Presentations Galore!


Thank you to all our wonderful members who will be sharing the fabulous work and most interesting cases with the chapter for our annual chapter poster presentation. We are expecting eight posters!

If you are presenting November 17th, refer to these specifications for displaying your work:

  • Please be sure to RSVP that you will attend the event by sending an e-mail to our gmail address, pnwshm@gmail.com
  • Posters will be displayed on easels. Authors will need to provide cardboard or other rigid backing in order to display the poster on the easel.  (Note that for the national meeting, posters are usually displayed on a soft surface and secured using push pins.)
  • There are no size restrictions for our chapter poster meeting event. (Note that for the national meeting, in the past, posters boards have been 4 feet high by 8 feet wide and the recommendation was that the poster should fit within the dimensions of 42″ high x 72″ wide.)  In our experience a size of roughly 3’x4’ seems to work well.  There is no restriction on font, but generally a size of 30 or higher for the body of the poster seems to provide good legibility.
  • For the local meeting, our top three to five poster presentations will be invited to present to the group. We would like to project your poster on a large screen.  Please e-mail an electronic copy of your poster to pnwshm@gmail.com.



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We want you!

We are happy to have a few submissions for the upcoming poster contest, but we’d love to see even more. Our goal is to have ten posters. In effort to increase the number of posters, we have simplified the process.

If you are interested in and available to present a poster for our fabulous November 17th event at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, then simply e-mail us at pnwshm@gmail.com with your poster title and the authors (one of whom must be available to present on 11/17).

This is a great local opportunity with the chance for national recognition!

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Thank You Dr. Roger Bush!

Dr. Roger Bush gave a talk on the ABIM’s new approach to maintenance of certification.  His slides are available here: shm-_moc-presentation-dr-bush-22-sept-16

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Upcoming Events: Be there or be square!

1) PNW South Sound Event October 26th 6-9 PM at CI Shenanigans on Ruston Way, Telemedicine Panel
2) Annual Chapter Poster Competition November 17th 6-9 PM at The Fairmont, applications due October 28th.  For further details on how to apply, click here:

Chapter RIV Contest Information


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PNWSHM RIV Abstract Contest

The Society of Hospital Medicine, Pacific Northwest Chapter

Annual RIV Competition

  • The Pacific Northwest Chapter will be hosting a poster competition for our quarterly meeting November 17th.
  • Any member is eligible for participation. We encourage members to submit their application to the national meeting in addition to this chapter event.
  • Abstracts may be research, an innovation or clinical vignette.
    • Research submissions can report clinical research, basic science research, or a systematic review of a clinical problem.
    • An innovation abstract will be more descriptive than quantitative, but can include preliminary data of a pilot type program. Innovations should have been fully implemented in the health care setting in order to be considered.
    • A clinical vignette is a report of one or more cases that illustrates a new disease entity or a prominent or unusual clinical feature of an established disease, highlights an area of clinical controversy in hospital medicine, or illustrates a unique patient safety issue.
  • Applications with abstract are due by 5PM October 28th.
  • Just submit your abstract as a word document via e-mail.
  • The character limits are the same as for the annual meeting
    • 3,000 total characters including spaces
    • Maximum of two figures/graphics, each of which count as 200 characters
  • Please refer to the National Meeting RIV Guidelines for further details and examples. Link to the HM17 RIV Submission Site
  • Applications can be submitted as a word document attachment via e-mail to pnwshm@gmail.com
  • Winners will be announced on the spot!
    • We will designate four semi-finalist posters, ideally one from each category as well as one student or resident poster.
    • Each semi-finalist will be allowed to present their work to the group.
    • For the top student or resident poster, the Chapter will cover expenses to attend the national meeting.
    • For the top poster, the abstract will automatically qualify for the national RIV competition.
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Thank you Dr Greeno!

An inspirational evening thinking about the evolution of caring for people and populations. Dr Greeno – one of America’s most influential executives in healthcare and our Society of Hospital Medicine’s President Elect – shared a fabulous and enlightening evening with our Pacific Northwest SHM membership May 11.

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Join us May 11 with Ron Greeno on APMs

SHM President Elect is coming to Seattle! 

Join us may 11th 6 PM at the Columbia Tower club
RSVP at pnwshm@gmail.com

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March 24, 2016: First EVER SubChapter Event – South Sound Division

35 people from around the South Sound joined the PNW Chapter for the first ever sub-chapter event, a long awaited and anticipated event.  The South Sound is home to over 200 Hospitalists and traffic can make travel to Seattle impossible at the end of a long day’s work.  In comes the South Sound Division, led by Kimberly Bell, to host a goal of 2 PNW SHM meetings a year in the Tacoma area.

March 24, we had a dynamic discussion of perioperative care, the driving force of bundled payments and building collaborative programs.  Thank you to our panelists: Dr. Greg Brown, Dr. Diane Levitan, Eula Ramrod, Dr. Vitaliy Zak, and Dr. Ashley Abilmona.


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NEW: Certificate Course in Palliative Care

NEW: Interprofessional Graduate Certificate Course in Palliative Care at the University of Washington

As evidence builds that palliative care improves high value, person and family centered care more individuals and health systems are seeking advanced palliative care education. However, this workforce demand is rapidly outpacing available training programs. With development support from the Cambia Health Foundation, the new Interprofessional Graduate Certificate Course in Palliative Care at the University of Washington was designed with the primary intention to fill this growing need.

Caroline Hurd, a palliative care physician and a core faculty member for the new course said about its development, “we really wanted a program that provided flexible distance learning for busy professionals that was still grounded in high quality in-person serious illness communication training. We also wanted to build communities of practice across the country that could model interprofessional collaboration.” The program at the University of Washington is unique in that it is one of only a small handful of certificate courses that train disciplines together.

Dr. Hurd believes this type of training is important for all healthcare professionals and may be of particular interest to individuals who are considering a career in specialty palliative care, those in a specialties outside of palliative care who want to embed these principles into their area of practice, young palliative care programs who want to improve team based care or more advanced palliative care programs who want to expand into new delivery models such as outpatient palliative care.

The innovative, interprofessional curriculum will be jointly offered through the UW Schools of Medicine and Nursing as a 9-month graduate certificate course. It will be taught by world-renowned faculty using weekly interactive distance learning such as webinars and online modules, peer and faculty mentoring and quarterly in-person workshops. Core content will focus on expertise in three key areas of palliative care practice: person-centered communication, interprofessional team training, and program development. In addition, the certificate course includes VitalTalk® training, which is a highly regarded national model for expert serious illness communication skills.

The application deadline for an Autumn 2016 start is May 1, 2016. For more information, visit their website http://www.uwpctc.org or contact Tia Paganelli, Program Manager, at pctc@uw.edu.


Core Faculty:

  • Ardith Doorenbos PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Caroline Hurd MD
  • Helene Starks PhD, MPH


Expert Faculty:

  • Anthony Back, MD
  • Heather Coats PhD, ARNP
  • Randall Curtis MD, MPH
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