Welcome to ACP Hospitalist

Welcome to ACP Hospitalist, a new monthly publication for physicians in hospital medicine.

Welcome to ACP Hospitalist, a new monthly publication for physicians in hospital medicine. The number of hospitalists in the U.S. is projected to double from 15,000 to 30,000 by 2010, according to the Society of Hospital Medicine. That kind of rapid growth brings both new challenges and new opportunities. Our goal is to keep you up-to-date by reporting on trends and issues that affect you and your practice.

ACP Hospitalist will feature articles on topics like hospital safety, best practices, workflow, and quality of care. We'll include relevant clinical content and coverage of career and salary trends. As an official publication of the American College of Physicians, we'll draw from the College's knowledge base, such as Annals of Internal Medicine, MKSAP (Medical Knowledge and Self-Assessment Program), and PIER (Physicians' Information and Education Resource), to bring you the latest in clinical information and research.

In this issue, we look at surge capacity in U.S. hospitals and what hospitalists can do to help their institutions prepare for the worst. We also discuss the trend toward building more environmentally friendly hospitals, as well as the tricky problem of promoting hospital medicine on the Web. Finally, we talk to a leading pulmonologist about a promising new treatment for emphysema.

In upcoming issues, we'll be turning our attention to quality improvement by looking back at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's 100,000 Lives campaign, which ended in June 2006. We plan to talk to participating hospitals, physicians and administrators about their experiences with the campaign, what worked and what didn't, and how they plan to build on the gains they've made, and we'll preview the Institute's recently announced 5 Million Lives campaign. Other stories in the works will look at ER overcrowding, how hospitals are handling it and how other hospital departments are affected, as well as the trend toward suburban hospital expansion. In addition, we'll include more Q&As with researchers, clinicians and thought leaders about new developments and contributions in the field.

We want to know what you think. Most of all, we want to know what you'd like to see in ACP Hospitalist. What topics interest you, or worry you? What clinical issues are most important? What do you want to read about? Let us know at acphospitalist[EACHAT]acponline.org.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Jennifer Kearney-Strouse