Hospitalists

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.

Median Annual Wage: $187,200

Education: Post-doctoral training (60%); Doctoral degree (32%); Professional degree (8%)

Projected Growth: Faster than average (15% to 21%)

Related Job Titles: Medical Director; Hospitalist; Hospitalist Program Director; Chief of Hospital Medicine; Chief of Internal Medicine; Hospital Medicine Director; Hospitalist Medical Director; Inpatient Services Director; Academic Hospitalist; Associate Chief, Section of Hospital Medicine

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Hospitalists.

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  • Prescribe medications or treatment regimens to hospital inpatients.
  • Admit patients for hospital stays.
  • Order or interpret the results of tests such as laboratory tests and radiographs (x-rays).
  • Conduct discharge planning and discharge patients.
  • Write patient discharge summaries and send them to primary care physicians.
  • Refer patients to medical specialists, social services or other professionals as appropriate.
  • Attend inpatient consultations in areas of specialty.
  • Communicate with patients' primary care physicians upon admission, when treatment plans change, or at discharge to maintain continuity and quality of care.
  • Participate in continuing education activities to maintain or enhance knowledge and skills.
  • Direct the operations of short stay or specialty units.
  • Direct, coordinate, or supervise the patient care activities of nursing or support staff.
  • Train or supervise medical students, residents, or other health professionals.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Hospitalists.

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Hospitalists.

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