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National Hospitalist Day

Taking place on the first Thursday in March, National Hospitalist Day "celebrates the fastest growing specialty in modern medicine and hospitalists' enduring contributions to the evolving healthcare landscape." The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM)—"the leading non-profit medical society serving the entire hospital medicine care team"—created the day to celebrate the contributions of hospitalists to patient care, and to highlight their career paths and personal stories. With each year's observance comes a new theme, a social media contest, and a creative writing and art competition.

Hospitalists are physicians who practice hospital medicine or "non-physician clinicians who engage in clinical care, teaching, research, and or leadership in the field of general hospital medicine." Hospital medicine is "a medical specialty dedicated to the delivery of comprehensive medical care to hospitalized patients." Hospitalists treat and manage a range of diseases. They take part in residency training, usually in general internal medicine, family practice, or general pediatrics. A small number of hospitalists specialize in obstetrics and gynecology, neurology, and oncology.

How to Observe National Hospitalist Day

Check out the Society of Hospital Medicine's National Hospitalist Day webpage for information about this year's observance. Resources for celebrating can be found there, such as posters and graphics and information about the social media contest and creative writing and art competition. Other ways to celebrate include posting about the day with the hashtag #HowWeHospitalist, thanking a hospitalist, and taking the first steps to become a hospitalist.

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