If you’re an internist who’s looking for a unique specialty, you may love the benefits that hospitalist medicine brings.
Like the name implies, hospitalists work solely with hospitalized patients. As a hospitalist physician, you would handle all of your patients’ needs – from diagnosis, to treatment, to performing medical procedures, to helping them transition to different departments within the hospital, to helping them transition back into the community once they’re discharged.
Why become a hospitalist?
You’ll get to devote more time to each patient
Instead of trying to balance your hospitalized patients with your office patients, you’ll get to spend more time with each one – meaning that you can provide a higher intensity and a higher quality of care. You’ll spend most (if not all!) of your time in the hospital, instead of trying to travel back and forth to your office. As a result, you’ll be able to give your patients more immediate, more detailed care.
You’ll get a more flexible schedule
Typically, hospitalists work in blocks – meaning that you’ll work one or two weeks, followed by one or two weeks off. And, if you prefer working at night, there are special hospitalists called “nocturnists” that do just that.
You’ll get a chance to train the next generation
If you work at a teaching hospital, you’ll play a major role in the education that future doctors get. And, being in that academic setting will give you more chances to perform groundbreaking research and create new patient-care initiatives.
Bottom line – hospitalists can make a much bigger difference for patients who need it the most!