Back to the Future: Past RIV Winners Talk About What the Recognition Meant for Their Careers

Larry Beresford


The Hospitalist. 2013;17(9):1,35-38. 

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After winning SHM's annual Research, Innovations, and Clinical Vignettes (RIV) scientific abstract and poster competition for an abstract illustrating a program that promoted flu vaccinations for families of neonatal patients, Shetal Shah, MD, FAAP, became a leading advocate for two laws mandating that New York hospitals offer vaccinations to families.

A poster that described a VTE prevention program led Gregory Maynard, MD, MSc, SFHM, to join SHM's VTE Prevention Collaborative and, eventually, to become senior vice president of the society's Center for Hospital Innovation and Improvement.

A prize-winning innovations poster for improving team communication by Vineet Chopra, MD, MS, FACP, FHM, and colleagues later took off as a new technology company.

Leonard Feldman, MD, FAAP, SFHM, won for a poster that explained online CME curriculum for hospitalists as consultants; the curriculum now resides on SHM's website.

The evidence is clear: RIV abstracts are a ital part of hospital medicine.

Nearly 800 abstracts were submitted for M13.