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We talk a lot about teamwork in hospital medicine. Since the inception of the specialty, we have long been embedded in, and understand and respect the need for, a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. We heavily depend on our pharmacists, nurses, respiratory therapists, case managers,…
In modern medicine, we’re surrounded by EMR systems, lab tests and increasingly complex medical equipment. But I sometimes stop and wonder: Where does my intuition fit into the equation? Case in point: The other day, I had one of those days that happens in hospital…
Dear Hospital Executive, If you are like many of the hospital leaders with whom I regularly talk, you’re probably concerned that your hospitalist program isn’t delivering the value you need in this metrics-driven and cost-constrained environment. You may see your hospitalists as disengaged free agents…
To my next patient: I often avoid putting my politics on my sleeve, as I don’t want that to get in the way of our relationship. I want you to know that I treat you as a fellow human being, no matter your race, gender,…
SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: October 27 – November 10, 2016 Check out the latest hospital medicine and SHM-related stories in mainstream and healthcare-centric news. For the full stories, click on the links below: The ABMS officially recognizes pediatric hospital medicine as a…
I was filling out my absentee ballot the other day, feeling despondent and uninspired at the choices that lay in front of me. Sensing my despairing emotion about the upcoming election, my 12-year-old daughter asked me what most Americans have been struggling with for months.…
First I hear the American Board of Pediatrics ordains hospital medicine as a bonafide subspecialty. Then, for the adults among us, CMS issues a hospitalist specialty code.  No joke.  A specialty code--go live on April 3, 2017. This has been a laborious task and years in…
A famous joke in hospital medicine is Mitch Wilson’s oft quoted statement: “When you have seen one hospitalist group you have seen one hospitalist group.” It is true that there is much variety in comparing one practice to another. Maybe that’s why our specialty has…
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