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. 

In This Article

Leonard Feldman, MD, FACP, FAAP, SFHM

Title: Assistant professor of medicine pediatrics; director of the general internal-medicine comprehensive consultation service

Institution: Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore

Year: 2009

Riv: "An Internet-Based Consult Curriculum for Hospitalists" (innovations)

Dr. Feldman's poster described an online CME curriculum for hospitalists acting as medical consultants. The concept grew out of a perceived deficiency in his own medical education when, in 2004, he was asked to lead the consultation service at Johns Hopkins—just six months after finishing his residency.

"I had no idea what I was doing as a general-internal-medicine consultant," he says. "I maybe received two weeks of experience as a consultant during my residency. I was willing to take it on, learning on the job and asking for help. But it occurred to me that I'm probably not alone in feeling unprepared."

In his quest for self-education, Dr. Feldman wondered whether he should write a textbook on the subject. "But the information changes so quickly, I thought I'd have a better chance to reach people online," he notes.

After talking to publishers and CME companies, he came up with the concept of learning modules on perioperative and consultative medicine topics, which could be taken online while earning CME credits. Johns Hopkins served as the CME certifier, and medical-education company Advanced Studies in Medicine joined as a partner. Once the project got off the ground, a medical advisory committee was convened.

"Winning the SHM poster competition is a great honor to have on a CV. It really helps to legitimize your name in the world of hospital medicine," Dr. Feldman says. "It also provided confirmation that we were on the right track with the curriculum project. People valued what we were doing."

Dr. Feldman and SHM have since become affiliated, and the "Consultative and Perioperative Medicine Essentials for Hospitalists" modules are available on SHM's website ( The site has 12,000 registered members completing 500 CME modules every month.

"I do a lot of the editing still," Dr. Feldman says. "We update the modules every two years and are still creating new ones."

Dr. Feldman also pursues a number of clinical-research interests, including resident education and costs of care.