Dr. Efrén C. Manjarrez Leads National Hospital Medicine Meeting

Efrén C. Manjarrez, M.D., Interim Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine at the Miller School of Medicine, led the recent national conference of the Society of Hospital Medicine in Baltimore.

Hospital medicine is the fastest growing field in the history of organized medicine and the Miller School is among the leaders in the field. Manjarrez was the Course Director of the national meeting, which gathered about 3,000 hospitalists together to discuss all facets of hospital medicine, including core clinical topics, practice management, quality improvement, teaching and research.

As physicians who center their practice on hospitalized patients, hospitalists serve a critical need in providing a continuum of excellent care during the patient’s hospitalization, while also focusing on patient safety, and coordinating care with subspecialists. There are 17 hospitalists in UM’s Division of Hospital Medicine.

“It was a tremendous honor for the Board of the Society of Hospital Medicine to select me to lead this flagship meeting,” said Manjarrez, who is assistant professor of medicine and recently completed his tenure as Associate Chief Medical Officer at University of Miami Hospital. “Our goal is to provide the backdrop for the thousands of hospitalists in the nation to continue their medical education and advance our growing field.”

Among the innovations that Manjarrez incorporated this year was a track for young hospitalists to attract and engage residents and medical students to the field that now numbers roughly 44,000 nationwide. He said sharing best practices and improved outcomes is a key ingredient to drive the field forward and benefit patients.

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