This retrospective database analysis sought to determine if the expansion of hospitalists was driven by a hospitalist boon, or a PCP decline, in inpatient care. Based on this analysis, it was likely a result of the latter, as inpatient encounters relative to the number of generalists declined before the emergence of hospitalists. Although history is complete, and there is no undoing the hospitalist movement, the justification of the movement is of filling a void instead of crowding out a vital specialty (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.