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TOPIC: Hospitalists

Hospitalists 5 years 4 months ago #57337

So I am about to start my Junior year this fall as in my pre-med undergrad career. I just had a baby this past January and am planning on having more children down the line. Is anyone here a hospitalist or work with any? I was looking into this as my future professional goal once and was looking for some feedback from anyone who can help. Do you like it? How is it? Are you in a specialized field? Do you have a family too? Thanks for any and all help! I am so happy to have found this community :)
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Re: Hospitalists 5 years 4 months ago #57338

Hospitalist are either family practice or internal medicine. Not sure what you mean by specialized??? I think the plus side of being hosptialist is that you have no office, no staff, you dictate on the hospital line, the hospital owns the charts. You do your own billing though. Depending on your group you can determine how mahy days a month you want to work. I have friends who work all the time (7 days a week) and then will take 2-3 week vacations. I have other friends who are mom's who work a few shifts a month to keep up skills and of course there are many variations of working schedules. I personally don't like hospitalist since there is no continuity of care, it's a patch them up and get them discharged mentality. Very impersonable.
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Re: Hospitalists 5 years 4 months ago #57339

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I have to disagree with the "patch them up and get them discharged" and it not being personable. Hospitalists provide a much needed element in medicine. Patients get acutely ill all the time and unless every PCP is willing to take frequent night call *and* see patients in clinic, it is here to stay. We do not just patch them and street them, many times we make changes to their medications, ensure they have adequate follow-up, set them up with a PCP if they do not have one, etc....
I am obviously planning on going into hospitalist medicine and I hope not all PCP think like you about us.
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In addition to what efex101 said, there is quite a big difference between the acuity and management in the hospital versus in the clinic. I think its best to have experts running the show in each venue.
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Re: Hospitalists 5 years 4 months ago #57341

I only said it that way because that's what I've seen here in residency. I wasn't trying to make light of what a hospitalist does, just my experience here. If that's not the case where you are, I'm glad. I was not fond of our hospitalist service here and many patients who really needed a PCP don't ever get one and realy on the ER/inpatient service for everything. We had to discharge people "for the essence of time" before I thought many were ready. Our boss is very money hungry and the more he admits, the better he gets paid.
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Re: Hospitalists 5 years 4 months ago #57342

It is interesting to see both sides of this situation. Thank you everyone for your comments and experiences. I'd like to think that hospitalists can provide an important/valuable experience for the patients while making a positive difference. I have had some bad hospital visits via doctors that are too rushed or felt like they didn't care. I hope to be a source of healing, comfort, and help to those in times when it is crucial, even if it is not for long. PCPs seem to be pulled into so many different directions and I think hospitalists can be great partners to help lessen the load. Has anyone here seen more internal medicine hospitalists or is there equal demand for specialists?
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