5 Hospital Committees Young Hospitalists Should Join

Jennifer L.W. Fink, BSN


March 31, 2017

Joining a hospital committee can be an excellent way for hospitalists to increase clinical competence, better understand the healthcare system, develop leadership skills, and contribute to positive change, specialty leaders say. But how do you choose which committee to join?

"It's hard to go wrong if you're a brand-new hospitalist and your goal is to get engaged," says hospitalist Read Pierce, MD, associate director of the Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety, and Efficiency at the University of Colorado.

Dr Pierce often tells young hospitalists to consider their interests and areas of expertise—as well as the gaps in their skills and training—when choosing a committee. A hospitalist who is interested in learning how to care for patients with limited insurance, for instance, might want to start on the case management committee.

Here are five hospital committees that established hospitalists recommend for their young colleagues.

Quality Improvement Committee

What: Quality improvement committees are dedicated to improving clinical care and outcomes.

"This is a committee where people are trying to identify the issues that we need to work on to improve care, and figure out how we can begin to do that work, then report back to the committee about how it's going and what we need to do to change direction," Dr Pierce says.

Who: Committee members typically include the chief medical officer or associate chief medical officer, chief nursing officer, quality officer, physicians, nurses, pharmacy representatives, and data analysts.

Why: "This is one of those committees that gets you visibility with hospital leadership," says Efren Manjarrez, MD, SFHM, division chief for hospital medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. "As you jump in and volunteer to do projects—whether you're leading them or joining in as a helper—they see you taking on responsibility and developing that skillset of leadership."

Typical projects: Initiatives to decrease readmissions, falls, and nosocomial infections.


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