Hospitalists: Good in theory

Aggravated DocSurg talks about how his hospitalist program is too disorganized, leaving many peri-operative complications to the surgeon.

In theory, hospitalist programs should be well-staffed, and internists available for consults. The reality is that many of these programs are in their infancy, and recruitment to smaller community hospitals are a problem. Combined with the high turnover rate inherent in this specialty, many programs are in a state of constant flux.

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  • Anonymous

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    “but in my experience (hospitalist’s) they are folks who did not flourish in the world of office practice seemingly due to an inability to address patient problems in a time efficient manner.

    Time efficient?

    I think the dude is seriously out of whack with how sick patient’s are in the hospital now compared to 10-15 years ago.

  • Anonymous

    >>”but in my experience (hospitalist’s) they are folks who did not flourish in the world of office practice seemingly due to an inability to address patient problems in a time efficient manner.”

    Doubtful. But go enjoy your delusions.

    Hospitalist practice is more attractive to younger more recent graduates who want to work in an area and perhaps take some time to decide whether they wish to establish themselves in a community outpatient practice or not. For a doctor with educational debt to pay off, the prospect of setting up an outpatient practice: renting office space, hiring staff, buying all the necessary office equipment and then trying to drum up business while getting yourself accepted to the necessary insurance carrier plans and Medicare so that patients will come to you for care is a little too imposing right out of training. That is especially true if you are uncertain of where you would actually like to locate. A hospital-supported hospitalist job is simple and easy by comparison.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry doc surg but you must work in a cheap hospital that will not pay hospitalist’s adequately. In my hospital almost every surgery patient has a hospitalist consult (if they are not on the hospitalist service that is). Ortho does the surgery…that is it. Hospitalist’s manage everything else. I suggest you look at where you work (region, hospital, etc). Because something is clarly wrong where you operate.

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