Training a hospitalist workforce to address the intensivist shortage in American hospitals: A position paper from the Society of Hospital Medicine and the Society of Critical Care Medicine*

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In June of 2011, the executive leadership of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) convened a daylong summit to discuss intensive care unit (ICU) workforce issues as they affect intensivists and hospitalists. Attendees included the executive leadership of both societies and invited participants with cross-disciplinary expertise in hospital medicine and critical care medicine.
The summit was convened to address the following issues:
At the close of the summit, the executive leadership of both societies agreed that they had sufficient consensus on the aforementioned issues to delegate a subgroup of participants to formulate a position paper. The authors of the position paper were selected based upon their diverse professional experience, senior leadership in both SHM and SCCM, and their cross-disciplinary expertise in hospital medicine and critical care medicine. Four of the five authors (EMS, JRD, MJG, PAL) are board-certified intensivists. Three (EMS, JRD, MJG) are members of both the SCCM and SHM, two (MJG, JRD) are Past-Presidents of SHM, and one (PAL) is Immediate Past-President of SCCM. EMS and DDD are current members of the SHM Board of Directors.
After the summit, the authors held several conference calls to review the structure and content of the position paper. The boards of directors of both societies independently approved a draft of the paper and the executive leadership of both societies approved subsequent revisions. The position paper was submitted for joint publication in the Journal of Hospital Medicine and Critical Care Medicine and underwent formal peer-review by reviewers representing both societies.
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