Course Overview



This course will be held again on
October 4 - 7, 2021.

Information contained in this site is for the 2020 program.
Information for the 2021 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
  • Hemodialysis
  • Acute kidney injury
  • Direct oral anticoagulants
  • GI bleed
  • C. difficile
  • Laboratory interpretation
  • Hematology
  • Allergy
  • Delirium
  • Pain and palliative care
  • Addiction/withdrawal syndromes
  • COPD
  • Preoperative evaluation
  • Electrolyte disorders
  • Syncope
  • Venous thromboembolism
  • Pancreatobiliary disease
  • Liver disease
  • Asthma
  • Antibiotics
  • Arrhythmias
  • Biomarkers

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: lessons learned
  • Vaping-associated lung injury: what a hospitalist needs to know
  • Practical review of direct oral anticoagulants and reversal agents
  • Difficult cases in insulin management
  • Controversies in the new community-acquired pneumonia guidelines
  • Identifying subtleties on CXR and ECG
  • New pharmacotherapies for opioid addiction
  • Practice-changing recommendations for supplemental and high-flow O2 
  • Pearls for improving laboratory interpretation: liver, hematology, and electrolytes
  • Practical approaches to ß-lactam allergy: what to do when there is no allergist
  • How to use procalcitonin and CRP in 2020
  • Case-based review of antibiotics, and culture and sensitivity interpretation
  • New FDA approvals for bleeding, liver disease, influenza, acute pain, and more
  • Click here for a comprehensive list


The 2020 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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