Section of Hospital Medicine

Academic Hospitalist Incubator


A program designed to help those with an interest in Academic Hospital Medicine launch a career as a clinician educator or clinician investigator


Welcome to our program!

Vanderbilt Residents have the opportunity to rotate through potential clinical career options, try them on for size, and make a conscious informed decision about their next career move. Conversely, the skills to explore a career niche in the less structured environment of a faculty position are often learned slowly over years through trial and error and happenstance.  

We want to expedite that process and jump-start your academic career. By connecting you with a robust ecosystem of existing programs and opportunities around VUMC and VU, the Academic Hospitalist Incubator will help you identify and set a path towards leadership in your academic niche. 

The Academic Medicine Hospitalist Incubator program is now seeking applicants for the 2024-25 academic year. 

The Hospitalist Incubator curriculum provides a mix of clinical and academic training, each split into core and elective components to allow for a personalized approach to your career development. The elective components of both the clinical and academic opportunities listed here are merely suggestions and are by no means comprehensive lists. This is a unique opportunity to explore all that Vanderbilt has to offer as you prepare for an academic career.  

Throughout the program you will receive training in career development as an “intrapreneurial” endeavor. Whether you are a graduating resident or seasoned faculty looking for a career pivot, your academic start-up venture will have the resources needed to thrive. 

Core Components

  • Riven Hospital Medicine – Our flagship service where hospitalists provide direct care for an average of 12 patients 
  • Riven Obs – Working in a collaborative care model with APPs to care for patients expected to stay less than two midnights in the hospital 
  • Nights/Day Admitter – Our services are responsible for admitting new patients to our Riven teams
  • Morgan Teaching Service – Working alongside the VUMC internal medicine residents 

Elective Components

  • Bedside Procedure Service – Performing paracenteses, thoracenteses, lumbar punctures, central venous catheters, and other procedures for all services around the hospital
  • Vanderbilt Interdisciplinary Care Program (VICP) – Providing care in an extensivist model for the high need, high care population
  • Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) – Providing inpatient care for the geriatric population in a collaborative model earning a unique distinction as an Age-Friendly Health System
  • Hospital at Home – Providing inpatient services in the home through an innovative collaborative care model

For more information see our Clinical Services page.

Core Components

  • Leadership & Career Development 
  • Clinical Reasoning 
  • Bedside Teaching 
  • Curriculum Design 
  • Research Methods 
  • Health Systems Science 

Elective Components: 

  • Social Innovation 
  • POCUS & Procedures 
  • Clinical Operations 
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Health Policy 

The list above is meant to provide examples. Vanderbilt University and VUMC are home to a myriad of advanced training opportunities that could be used as part of your elective curriculum. Here are some resources to explore: 

Faculty in the VUMC Academic Hospitalist Incubator program will be given the rank of Instructor in Clinical Medicine starting 7/1/2024. Faculty will be offered a full benefits package and will be provided with academic workspace.

Positions in the program are awarded for one year but can be renewed for a second year if pursuing a graduate degree.

Faculty will be capped at 50% clinical time, allowing practice in the breadth and scope that pertains to hospital medicine. The remaining 50% will be spent participating in academic programming and developing/completing a capstone. 

Anne Axon, Senior Program Manager
Section of Hospital Medicine  
Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health  
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Phone: 615.936.8691 

Email: anne.axon@vumc.org 

Program Leadership

Ryan Buckley, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health

Michael McCann, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health