What does a Hospitalist do?
Provide inpatient care predominantly in settings such as medical wards, acute care units, intensive care units, rehabilitation centers, or emergency rooms. Manage and coordinate patient care throughout treatment.
- Refer patients to medical specialists, social services or other professionals as appropriate.
- Participate in continuing education activities to maintain or enhance knowledge and skills.
- Direct, coordinate, or supervise the patient care activities of nursing or support staff.
- Write patient discharge summaries and send them to primary care physicians.
- Direct the operations of short stay or specialty units.
- Train or supervise medical students, residents, or other health professionals.
- Prescribe medications or treatment regimens to hospital inpatients.
- Order or interpret the results of tests such as laboratory tests and radiographs (x-rays).
- Attend inpatient consultations in areas of specialty.
- Conduct discharge planning and discharge patients.
- Diagnose, treat, or provide continuous care to hospital inpatients.
- Admit patients for hospital stays.
- Communicate with patients' primary care physicians upon admission, when treatment plans change, or at discharge to maintain continuity and quality of care.