S(he) can be a D.O. (osteopathic physician) or an M.D. (allopathic physician). Hospitalists may engage in clinical care, teaching, research or leadership in the field of general hospital medicine. They are an emerging role in today’s American health care system.
Hospitalists are onsite physicans and work around the clock caring for inpatients – their specialty. Demographics on hospitalists are: Young male and female U.S. medical school graduates (87 %) and are about 40 years of age. They are predominantly male (73%) and 82% of them are trained in internal medicine – as a D.O. (osteopathic physician) or an M.D. (allopathic physician).
Since 1996, the number of hospitalists has increased from about 500 to about 15,000, and the number was expected and has increased to about 30,000 in 2010, according to the Society of Hospital Medicine. These physicians provide high-quality medical care from admission to discharge. They can interpret all lab work, specialist exams, and diagnostic tests and test results. They answer questions and ease patients’ concerns and provide the primary physician with detailed reports of their patients’ hospital stays, and recommend follow-up care. Because of their care, a patient’s hospital stay may be shortened, patients receive a greater consistency of attentive care and have more ‘personal’ contact. Here is a Salary.Com Wizard page for hospitalist salaries. Just enter your zip code.
Marie Coppola Revised March 2014