About the Section on Hospital Medicine

​Section on Hospital Medicine

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Policy and Other Publications:

Below are Policy Statements, Clinical Reports and other publications the Section has helped create.

Physicians' Roles in Coordinating Care of Hospitalized Children

Guiding Principles for Pediatric Hospital Medicine Programs​​

​Medical Staff Appointment and Delineation of Pediatric Privileges in Hospitals

Caring for the Hospitalized Child: A Handbook of Inpatient Pediatrics

What is a Pediatric Hospitalist?



Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellows Conference
The Section on Hospital Medicine Fellows Conference provides a venue for networking and professional development. The Conference takes place in annually in Park City, Utah and at AAP headquarters in Itasca, Illinois. If you have questions or concerns regarding the Conference, please do not hesitate to contact​ us here​.

Supported by an educational grant from Abbott Nutrition, a division of Abbott Laboratories, Inc.​

Pediatric Hospital Medicine Conference
The Pediatric Hospital Medicine Conference is the premier educational conference for pediatric hospitalists and other clinicians involved in the care of pediatric inpatients. The Conference is co-sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Academic Pediatric Association (APA), and the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM). For more information, visit www.phmmeeting.org.

Clinical Pediatric Hospital Medicine Course
The Clinical Course is held January/February biannually with the goal of educating both primary care pediatricians and pediatric hospitalists on caring for hospitalized children and infants in all inpatient settings. The sessions offer an update of topics frequently encountered by providers. If you have questions or concerns regarding the Course, please do not hesitate to contact​ us here​.

PREP Hospital Medicine Course
The PREP Hospital Medicine Course provides an in-depth review of the subspecialty’s core competencies so that learners will have the tools needed to take the board exam. If you have questions or concerns regarding the Course, please do not hesitate to contact​ us here​.

PREP Hospital Medicine Subscription
The PREP Hospital Medicine Subscription offers peer-reviewed questions and critiques written by pediatric hospitalists – and based on the most current evidence-based literature. In addition get tips on recognizing and managing a wide range of inpatient cases. If you have questions or concerns regarding the Course, please do not hesitate to contact​ us here​.

Vision, Mission, and Values​

The Section on Hospital Medicine (SOHM) was approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Board of Directors in June 1999 and held its first formal section meeting in October 2000. The SOHM serves as a forum for members with a special interest and commitment to general inpatient pediatric care.

Vision Statement:

  • Children and families experience a smooth and seamless transition from hospital to primary care medical home.
  • Hospital care is of highest quality, safety, efficiency, effectiveness and consistency.
  • Children and families experience high satisfaction with their hospital care.
  • Section members are optimally prepare to deliver the highest quality care.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the AAP Section on Hospital Medicine (SOHM) is to optimize the delivery of health care to children in hospital settings. This will be accomplished by continuously seeking to improve quality of care, serving the highest priority needs of our members, and advancing the profession of pediatric hospital medicine (PHM) through leadership and advocacy.

Core Values:

SOHM believes:

  • All children deserve access to the highest quality of care

  • In continuous quality improvement and lifelong learning

  • Teamwork and collaboration is critical for pediatric hospital medicine

  • In innovation and discovery.


Membership in the SOHM is open to pediatric hospitalists, general pediatricians, academicians, primary care pediatricians, sub-specialists, residents, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and child life specialists with an active interest and involvement in general inpatient pediatrics. The Section focuses on systems, logistics, and organization of general inpatient pediatric care in addition to relevant clinical issues. 

Areas of focus of the SOHM include education, policy, membership, communication, and research. Opportunities for involvement in each of these areas are available.

Educational Programs focus on selected general inpatient topics and organization and operation of pediatric hospitalist systems.

Policy Discussions to date center on the nature and implications of pediatric hospitalist practice with opportunities to address other general inpatient issues. The Section has a liaison on the Committee on Hospital Care.

Membership Recruitment is an ongoing project and SOHM aims to develop a broadly based membership to reflect the diversity of general inpatient pediatrics.

Communication Efforts include a regular news journal as well as electronic communication. A very active SOHM listse​rv®​ serves as a forum and open discussion forum for SOHM members and non-members.

Research Possibilities abound, and the membership of the Section provides a resource for investigators studying systems of delivering general inpatient pediatric care.​

For questions on how to join or to get involved with SOHM, or for further information about specific Section activities, contact us here​.​​​

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