What is a Hospitalist?

A hospitalist is a medical provider who specializes in providing quality treatment to patients while they are in the hospital. Hospitalists are involved in all aspects of a patient’s care – from admission to discharge.

Hospitalists evolved over fifteen years ago due to several factors:

  • Convenience
  • Efficiency
  • Financial strains on primary care doctors
  • Patient safety
  • Cost-effectiveness for hospitals, and
  • Need for more specialized and coordinated care for hospitalized patients

What advantages and benefits do hospitalists offer?

  • Most hospitalists are board-certified physicians in internal medicine, geriatrics, or family practice who have undergone the same training as other internal medicine doctors including attending medical school, residency training, and board certification exams.
  • Hospitalists are doctors who have chosen to practice medicine in the hospital; they have more expertise in caring for complicated patients.
  • MDICS hospitalists offer 24-hour care, 7 days a week.
  • MDICS hospitalists are more available to meet with facility staff, patients and their family members to address any concerns that may arise.
  • Promptly respond to nurse’s questions and explain test results to family members.
  • Quickly follow up on tests and adjust treatment regimens as needed.
  • Hospitalists coordinate the patient’s care in the hospital and they facilitate communication with other doctors and nurses to develop a comprehensive plan of care.

To learn more about MDICS, email us at asolomon@mdics.com.


SHM | Society of Hospital Medicine For more information about practicing hospitalist medicine, visit the SHM website


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