What is a Hospitalist?
The Society of Hospital Medicine defines a hospitalist as follows:
Hospitalists are physicians whose primary professional focus is the general medical care of hospitalized patients. Their activities include patient care, teaching, research, and leadership related to Hospital Medicine.
A hospitalist is a role that has advanced in hospitals in more recent years, in which the clinical focus is caring for hospitalized patients. Hospitalists are also known as “Internists”, although not all hospitalists are required to be internists, but the majority are. This role developed due to factors like convenience, efficiency, cost effectiveness, and patient safety. Doctors will often refer patients to a Hospitalist when the patient can no longer be treated in an outpatient setting, and the patient will continue their care with their primary physician once they are discharged from the hospital.
What does a Hospitalist do?
Hospitalists serve in a wide variety of roles in hospital settings, and do not usually have an outpatient medical practice. They see hospitalized patients who have been referred by primary care doctors, emergency room doctors, or other physicians at the hospital. Some hospitalists are trained to specialize in critical care, cardiology, pulmonary, and other subspecialties, while other Hospitalists are general internal medicine physicians.
Hospitalists can often fall into one of two categories: proceduralists and non-proceduralists. According to “The Core Competencies in Hospital Medicine,” some of the bedside procedures that Hospitalists can become proficient in include paracentesis, thoracentesis, and lumbar puncture. It is also common for a hospitalist to place central lines and manage patient ventilation.
Hospitalist Job Description
Hospitalists spend most or all their workday inside the hospital, and are often readily available to a patient, as compared to a doctor who spends most time outside of the hospital in an office or clinic. Medical institutions employ hospitalists to provide patient services. A major aspect of being a successful hospitalist is the ability to collaborate with other physicians to ensure continuity in care for all patients. A Hospitalist works with the patient’s primary care physician, and evaluates their medical records to establish a solid foundation of the patient’s medical history, and any necessary treatment programs.
Hospitalists gain valuable experience in caring for complicated hospitalized patients daily, rather than a primary care physician who might see a patient occasionally. Hospitalists meet with family members, visit the patient more than once a day, conduct research into the illness and necessary treatments, follow up on tests, answer questions, and deal with any problems that arise while the patient is in the care of the hospital. Hospitalists work closely with other physicians inside the healthcare facility, creating a strong network of knowledge and support.
Hospitalists are expected to provide continuous care during the duration of the patient’s stay, even adjusting treatment regimens based on test results. It is the goal of someone in this position to help patients through a smooth and speedy recovery.
How can I find Hospitalist locum tenens jobs?
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