Help hospital patients get better.

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~ $172,000

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What do Hospitalists do?

Do you enjoy the art and science of medicine? Do you find fulfillment in helping those in need? If so, you might want to consider becoming a Hospitalist. As a Hospitalist, you are a Doctor who specializes in treating hospital-bound patients.

In a typical hospital setting, the Primary Care Physician squeezes in hospital rounds before or after his or her regular schedule. Often, the patient doesn’t even see the same Doctor twice as the on-call Physician briefly pops in to review their chart and deal with any issues. Thanks to you, that same patient has a Hospitalist who is up to date on their case and available anytime during their stay. This consistency is both reassuring to the patient and valuable for the quality of their care.

A typical day…well, there really is no typical day. Each patient and each case is different. Your patients are commonly hospitalized as a result of an accident, illness, or surgery. So you treat injuries and infections, and monitor the recovery process. To do this, you evaluate the patient’s history, vital signs, symptoms, and medications. You perform physical examinations, ask questions, make adjustments in the care plan, and are available if the patient experiences a setback. You might work in the cancer, pediatric, cardiovascular, or emergency units.

To provide the best overall care, you keep in touch with the patient’s Primary Care Physician, recommend follow-up treatment, and carefully chart all medications and procedures that the patient has experienced. Upon your patient’s discharge, you can feel good that your nurturing demeanor and knowledge of medicine have helped them recover.

Should I be a Hospitalist?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Hospice Fellow, Hospital Fellow, Hospitalist Medical Director, Hospitalist Program Director See More

    How to become a Hospitalist

    Most Hospitalists have a Doctorate. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:aaaaa9&chl=|||||doctorate+%28100%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,100
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