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At HM12, international hospitalists swap notes
08.09.2012Back in April, the 2012 San Diego Hospital Medicine (HM12) conference at the San Diego Conference Center offered medical professionals from across the globe with hospitalist opportunities to hone their craft by sharing information and experiences. According to the conference's website, it's the most well-attended national conference focused on the hospitalist field, and the 2011 conference brought 2,700 members of the hospitalist community to California.
A retrospective article published by The Hospitalist summarized comments from hospitalist medicine experts who are attempting to mainstream their profession in foreign countries such as Bermuda and Brazil. The news source focused on the HM12 "special interest" forum, where it states 20 hospitalists gathered.
"The system is new and people are used to their primary care physicians being in the hospital. We have been working on that through public relations, providing good care and ramping up our communication with the primary care physicians in the community," said David McGowan, quoted by The Hospitalist. The source states that McGowan's four-member group stands as the lone hospitalist organization in Bermuda.
Later, Brazilian hospitalist Rafaela Komorowski Dal Molin related the condition of hospitalist medicine in South America's largest nation. According to The Hospitalist, she echoed the idea that many Brazilians are unfamiliar with the hospitalist model. However, her organization has gained credibility by showing medical directors that hospitalists can cut the length of patient stays, augmenting the financial bottom line for cash-strapped hospitals. Dr. Dal Molin's six-member coalition of hospitalists is planning its own hospitalist medicine conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in November.
A different article by The Hospitalist pertaining to the event hosted by the Society of Hospital Medicine recaps a presentation about how a hospital observation unit administered by hospitalists could be more cost-effective than previously believed.
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