SHM is the medical society representing 14,000 of the nation’s 44,000 hospitalists – physicians
whose primary professional focus is the general medical care of hospitalized patients.
Hospitalists’ activities include: patient care, research, teaching and quality improvement
leadership related to hospital care. The society was established in 1997 specifically to support
and enhance the practices of hospital doctors and the patients they serve. SHM serves as the
leading resource and voice for hospitalists across the nation. In the realm of quality and patient
safety, SHM has developed proven strategies to implement performance improvement
initiatives at our nation’s hospitals. SHM has developed strategic partnerships with The Joint
Commission (TJC), the National Quality Forum (NQF), and other national quality improvement
(QI) organizations to achieve goals related to quality and patient safety.