Greetings from Philadelphia and welcome to our Hospital Medicine 2009 Blog!
It’s hard to believe that our Annual Meeting is less than 4 weeks away. Here in Philadelphia, preparations are moving into the home stretch and staff is busy making the final arrangements to ensure that this year’s meeting is the best ever.
It’s also hard to believe that, because of the record attendance, Hospital Medicine 2009 is SOLD OUT. This is the first time that SHM has had to close out its meeting and represents a momentous occasion for the society, and our specialty as a whole.
Given all the excitement, and the fact that our meetings staff has had to make some adjustments to our event plan in order to accommodate everyone, we’ve decided to launch the HM09 blog earlier than in past years.
Over the next four weeks, we’ll use this blog to share important updates and exciting news about the upcoming meeting. We’ll also introduce some guest bloggers who will be sharing their experiences in Chicago and give them a chance to share their thoughts prior to arriving at the big event.
Thanks for your support of SHM and the Hospital Medicine Movement!
Registration updates for Tuesday, April 21st.
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1) Main Meeting Registration is CLOSED, Pre-Course registration is OPEN
Our main meeting registration has met capacity and unfortunately we are unable to take any additional registrations. Given the numbers already registered, a waiting list will not be kept.
Pre-Course registration remains open.
There are a number of quality CME events geared to hospitalists throughout the year, including a conference hosted by UCSF (course director: Bob Wachter, MD, FHM), Northwestern (Mark Williams, MD, FHM) and Emory University (Dan Dressler, MD, FHM). You can find information about all of these events online at SHM’s Events Page (Link).
2) If you have already registered – some tips on maximizing your HM09 experience:
Many meeting rooms will change.
In Chicago, you will be given an addendum to your HM09 Onsite Guide. Please make sure to review it for the latest information on meeting room changes. Directional signage onsite will also guide you to the correct rooms when changes have been made to your sessions. SHM staff will be available onsite to answer any of your questions and to offer guidance.
Arrive to your preferred sessions early.
We expect the breakout sessions to be lively, charismatic and fun. However, since the meeting is sold out, we cannot guarantee you a seat in the breakout session meeting rooms of your choice. Please be sure to arrive to the session early, and have a back-up session in mind, just in case.
Print your materials prior to arriving onsite.
SHM’s Paperless Site is now available for you to view and print all meeting materials prior to May 14. We strongly recommend doing so to avoid long lines at the kiosks when you arrive.
Check the HM09 Blog regularly
If you’re looking for the latest updates regarding this year’s meeting, this blog is your go-to source for all things HM09. As updates become available, SHM staff will share them here, so be sure to check often for the latest announcements.
HM09 Updates and Announcements