December 27, 2019 |  4
Hospital medicine has been the fastest growing medical specialty since the term “hospitalist” was coined by Dr. Bob Wachter in the 1996 NEJM article. The growth and change within this specialty is also reflected in the changing and migrating target of hospitals and hospital systems as they continue to effectively and safely move from fee-for-service […]
December 19, 2019 |  0
As if you didn’t have enough things stressing you out right now with both the holidays and flu season upon us, I thought I’d offer up a friendly reminder that we are now less than a month away from launching SHM’s 2020 State of Hospital Medicine Survey. We barely get to catch our breath from […]
December 17, 2019 |  3
Two notable hospitalist studies out late last month–one from JAMA, and the other from JHM. First up: Association of the Work Schedules of Hospitalists with Patient Outcomes of Hospitalization In this cohort study of 3 years of Medicare data from 229 hospitals in TX, covering 114K medical admissions of patients with a 3-day to 6-day […]
December 12, 2019 |  0
Years ago, I heard the saying, “For you [as a hospitalist], it may just be Monday or Tuesday, but for the patient it is often the worst day of their life.” This powerful medical aphorism captures the stark differences that can exist between a patient and a doctor. Physicians and health care systems are often […]
November 5, 2019 |  1
I have written frequently over the last few years on topics related to the sustainability of the hospital medicine practice model, beginning with this post in August, 2015. I continue to be concerned by what I see as a confluence of significant trends that are conspiring to challenge hospital medicine’s status quo. On one hand, […]
October 1, 2019 |  0
It’s September – no, almost October. We’re right in the middle of that fraught season in which senior residents begin job searches in earnest, and hospital medicine groups gear up their recruitment efforts. So, it’s timely that the Journal of Hospital Medicine recently published a paper entitled “Top Qualifications Hospitalist Leaders Seek in Candidates: Results […]