The Key Principles and Characteristics of an Effective Hospital Medicine Group

An Assessment Guide for Hospitals and Hospitalists

The Key Principles and Characteristics are a framework designed for hospital medicine groups (HMGs) seeking a pathway to improve their capabilities and performance. Their goals are to:

  • Be aspirational, helping to “raise the bar” for hospital medicine
  • Provide a framework for HMGs seeking to conduct self-assessments
  • Promote dialog between hospital executives and HMG leaders

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The Society of Hospital Medicine's (SHM's) Practice Administrators' Committee has cross referenced the Key Principles and Characteristics with another framework — The Core Competencies for a Hospitalist Practice Administrator.

Click here to view the spreadsheet outlining these comparisons.


What makes a hospital medicine group (HMG) effective?
How can your hospitalists improve their performance?

Join one of the FREE informational webinars below to learn more about the new guidelines from experts in the field helping hospital executives and HMGs evaluate their performance.

AHA Webinar

Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
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SHM Webinar

Date: Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Time: 3:00-4:30 p.m. EST (2:00-3:30 p.m. CT)
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Click here to download slides