What is a hospitalist?
Hospitalists are one of the fastest growing medical specialties. Hospitalists usually work solely within hospitals, caring for patients from the time they are admitted to the time they are discharged.
Hospitalists work in many areas of the hospital from the ICU and CCU to the ER and medical surgical units. Their primary role is managing inpatient care, and in many cases, inpatient physicians now perform most of the tasks once handled by patients’ primary care physicians. As the field has evolved, a growing number of hospitalists have begun assuming a care-coordinator’s role including the patient’s care, discharge planning, and patient/family communications.
What benefits do hospitalists offer?
Hospitalists work in the hospital every day and are therefore more accessible for hospitalized patients than primary care physicians who spend the majority of their day in a clinic or office setting.