Published in the November 2008 issue of Today’s Hospitalist
We’re celebrating a couple of birthdays this month at Today’s Hospitalist.
First, the magazine turns five this year. In the scheme of things, five years may not be a long time. In hospital medicine, however, it’s huge.
While the specialty was already growing rapidly back in 2003, there were still plenty of naysayers. I remember talking to the editor of a prestigious medical journal who predicted that the hospitalist movement would probably fizzle out after a few years, much like other health care fads that had come and gone.
Despite those kinds of predictions, it seemed clear that hospitalists were destined to play a huge role in reshaping health care, so we jumped in with both feet. I’m proud that we launched not only the first monthly magazine for hospitalists, but the first online job board exclusively for hospitalists and the first multi-meeting hospitalist CME series.
In the past five years, we’ve seen many of our efforts imitated, but not equaled. Because we’ve worked in the field of hospital medicine for so long, few other publications can match our editorial breadth or depth.
A good example of the expertise that we bring to the table can be found in our hospitalist blogs, which are also celebrating a birthday: They turn one year old this month. Much of the credit has to go to Erik DeLue, MD, who led the way early on with insightful writing and a wicked sense of humor. We’re continuing to expand our blogs page with entries from pediatric hospitalists “which remind me of the early days of the adult hospitalist movement.
It’s been a great five years, and we’re all looking forward to many more.
Editor and Publisher