Group #1: Jamie Newman (USA); Guilherme Barcellos (Brazil); Andrés Aizman (Chile); Fernando Rivera (USA); Luiz Rojas Orellana (Chile); Neil Winawer (USA); Esteban Gandara (Canada); Jairo Roa (Colombia)

Group#2 (2010-now): Guilherme Barcellos (Brazil); Jamie Newman (USA); Andrés Aizman (Chile); Daniel Grassi (Argentina); Fernando Rivera (USA); Luiz Rojas Orellana (Chile); Roberto Daniel Martinez (Argentina); Lucas Zambon (Brazil); Neil Winawer (USA); Esteban Gandara (Canada); Fabiana Rolla (Brazil)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Day-log Internal Medicine 2011 Hospital Medicine Precouse will track one patient´s journey

There must be a way to tie the bread-and-butter topics of hospital medicine together so they are relevant yet fun, thought James S. Newman, FACP, director of the new hospital medicine precourse at Internal Medicine 2011, as he planned the course agenda last year.

“Instead of disparate lectures on this and that, I thought, ‘The course should follow a hospitalization from admission to discharge.’ Then I thought of the fact that so much of our testing and lectures in medicine is case-based, which is how I got the idea to make the course about the sequence of one patient's hospitalization,” said Dr. Newman, a hospitalist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. and the editorial advisor for ACP Hospitalist.

The precourse, which runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, starts with the admission of fictional patient Francis Xavier, a 78-year-old man admitted directly to the hospital service from a nursing home with fever and myalgias. The admission scenario is a springboard for a short introductory talk on the administrative and historical aspects of admission, including utilization review, Dr. Newman said.

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