Course Overview



This course will be held again on
October 11 - 14, 2022.

Information contained in this site is for the 2021 program.
Information for the 2022 program not yet available.



Comprehensive updates, advances, and best practices to optimize inpatient care

Update in Hospital Medicine will be held online this year, using live streaming, electronic Q&A, and other remote learning technologies.


This 4-day intensive program updates busy practitioners on current best practices in hospital medicine. The curriculum covers over 30 core topics, with an emphasis on practical management of common problems (See schedule):

  • COVID-19
  • Health equity/vulnerable populations
  • Heart failure
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Acute coronary syndromes
  • Diabetes
  • ECGs
  • Radiology
  • UTI
  • Pneumonia
  • Critical care
  • Skin and soft tissue infections
  • Stroke/TIA
  • Renal replacement therapy
  • Acute kidney injury
  • Direct oral anticoagulants
  • GI bleed
  • C. difficile
  • Laboratory interpretation
  • Hematology
  • Allergy
  • Delirium
  • Pain and palliative care
  • Alcohol withdrawal
  • Opioid use disorder
  • COPD
  • Preoperative evaluation
  • Electrolyte disorders
  • Syncope
  • Venous thromboembolism
  • Pancreatobiliary disease
  • Liver disease
  • Asthma
  • Antibiotics
  • Arrhythmias

Using a case-based format, lecturers distill recent evidence, guidelines, and expert opinion to offer “bottom line” recommendations. Faculty include both hospitalists and specialists, and rank among the best teachers at Harvard Medical School.


  • COVID-19 mutations: what’s next?
  • Health equity in everyday practice
  • SGLT2 inhibitors: new standards for heart failure
  • Acute stroke: immediate considerations for the hospitalist
  • Atrial fibrillation: rethinking rate vs. rhythm control in 2021
  • Demystifying phenobarbital in the management of alcohol withdrawal
  • Beyond basal-bolus: difficult cases in insulin management
  • Hospital-acquired delirium: breaking the vicious cycle
  • Rapid-fire review of liver, hematology, and electrolytes
  • The hemodialysis patient: meds, access, blood pressure, and other pearls
  • 10 years of direct oral anticoagulants: lessons learned and new indications
  • Controversies in the new community-acquired pneumonia guidelines
  • Can’t-miss diagnoses on CXR and ECG
  • Opioid use disorder: medication-assisted treatment made simple
  • Practical approaches to ß-lactam allergy: what to do when there is no allergist
  • Intensive case-based review of inpatient antibiotics
  • Pearls for interpreting culture and sensitivity data
  • Click here for a comprehensive list


  • Coronavirus variants: what to expect this winter
  • Update on vaccines, boosters, and herd immunity
  • Aerosols, droplets, and infection control 
  • New tools for diagnosis and screening 
  • Long-haul syndrome after COVID-19 
  • COVID-related multisystem inflammatory syndrome 
  • The latest on COVID-19 treatment 
  • Thromboembolism management and prevention 
  • COVID-19 and myocarditis 
  • Respiratory management of the COVID-19 patient 
  • Global epidemiology of COVID-19 
  • Coronavirus emergency preparedness 
  • Racial disparities in COVID-19 
  • COVID-19 and the kidney
  • Diabetic management and glucocorticoids in COVID-19 


The 2021 program has been enhanced for distance learning. In addition to being live streamed, all sessions will be recorded and made available to participants for online viewing for 30 days after the end of the course. 

Past participants consistently report that this program has inspired and improved their practice of hospital medicine:

"Simply the BEST Hospital Medicine CME I have attended."

"Literally every talk has made an impact on my clinical practice."

"I love the case presentations…."

"I work at a very small hospital—almost critical access—so our consultant base is limited and this course is essential."

"I have a better understanding of common questions that we normally rely on the specialists to answer."

"I loved the evidence-based content of this course. Will be incorporating a lot of what I learned/reinforced in my teaching with my residents, interns and medical students."

"I feel like I mastered many of the challenging issues that I encounter on daily basis in the hospital setting."

"This is my third year attending this meeting and every year there is new information, updates to guidelines and even changes in approaches to treatment in just about every field."

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