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HOSPITALISTS: How many are there and what is their role?

The term “hospitalist” was coined by Dr. Robert Wachter in the mid-1990s.  Today, there are an estimated 44,000 hospitalists in the United States.  This is a self-designated specialty, there is not yet board certification specifically for hospital medicine.  This articles provides a brief overview of the dual role of hospitalists in many hospitals – caring for inpatients and also serving as experts to promote more efficient processes and best practices in the hospital setting.

Source: Rohde, M. (2014, May-June). The role of the hospitalist. Health Progress. 95(3), 27-30.  Click here for access to article: http://www.chausa.org/docs/default-source/health-progress/the-role-of-the-hospitalist.pdf?sfvrsn=2   Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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