The 2012 SHM Hospitalist Medicine Conference - Ahhh Sweet San Diego
First, let me say congratulations to the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) for a great 2012 national conference. SHM is a professional medical society representing more than 10,000 of the 30,000 practicing hospitalists in the United States. They recently held thier annual national conference April 1-4 in San Diego, California. If you have been to or participated as a vendor in these types of conferences, you know it’s sort of a cross between speed dating, a county fair, lunch at Charlie Palmers (a power broker place to meet in Washington DC), the lecture hall, and the hallways of your hospital. In otherwords, there is alot of meetin’, greetin’, sellin’, and learnin’ going on. As an exhibitor and sponsor, Hospital Physician partners’ primary goal at the conference was to meet and network with Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants either currently or soon to be seeking Hospitalist Jobs. In short to recruit new team members for our programs across the country and introduce the HPP brand to practitioners in the industry.
I can only speak for our company, but hats off to SHM for setting up the conference so we could accomplish our goal. This was by far the most successful conference we have attended with SHM. The weather was amazing. (It is San Diego afterall!) The exhibit hours were pretty good. The conference hall was navigable and easy to access and the SHM staff was easy to work with. Most importantly, we met alot of quality Hospital Medicine Physicians. Admittedly, we had a great location. (Booth 201 right up front)
I won’t spill our secrets, less our competitors read this (haha), but we actually had doctors hanging out in our booth. There was a general interest not only in our services, but also in talking about the industry. This is something I have noticed about Hospitalists, especially at Hospital Medicine conferences such as this, they are much more willing to engage exhibitors than many other clinical professions. Perhaps it’s the natural tendency towards bedside manner, patience, friendliness, and subsequent gentle touch. Or maybe we just had really cool giveaways. Either way, the attendees at this years Hospital Medicine 2012 were considerate, engaged, enthusiastic, and interested.
Again, thank you to SHM and all of the Hospitalist Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistant and administrators who visited us. We look forward to Hospital Medicine 2013 in National Harbor, MD. Guaranteed, Hospital Physician Partners will bring our swag (promo items), our great team, our energy, and our unique brand of approachability; and hopefully we’ll attain even greater success than we had this year.