Hospitalist - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Hospitalist

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Job Description

 

Hospitalists are medical doctors (M.D.) who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of patients in the hospital.

They are the primary individual who oversees and handles all aspects of a patient's hospitalization, treatment, and recovery.

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Responsibilities

 

Hospitalist have many responsibilities and functions. They are responsible with every aspect of bedside care while a patient is hospitalized.

Not only do you supervise all patient services and coordinate with other doctors, but you also must do the following:

  • Ensure treatment plans are compatible with other professionals

  • Maintain efficiency and accuracy

  • Manage administrative tasks

  • Diagnose illness

  • Create comprehensive care plans

  • Manage information and patient histories

  • Coordinate with other doctors on treatment plans

  • Manage follow ups

  • Provide bedside care throughout a patient's hospital stay

  • Manage consultations and communications with specialists

  • Order labs

  • Manage the discharge of patients

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Skills

 

Communication Must be able to clearly explain test results and treatment path to patients. Must correspond with other members of the medical team to ensure the best care for the patient. 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing patient to make sure they are responding well to treatment and make improvements or take corrective action when necessary. 
Critical Thinking Must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Detail Oriented  Must be able to pinpoint small details that could make or break patient diagnosis and evaluation. 
Complex Problem Solving Must be able to identify complex problems and develop and evaluate corrective options and implement solutions. 
Empathy Must be able to empathize with a patient's pain and difficulties. Need to make people feel comfortable and meet them at their emotional level to humanize themselves since they deal with people with medical needs. 
Science Must know all about the human body and interactions it has with it's environment. Must know chemicals and reactions. 
Troubleshooting Must be able to hypothesize and test theories to ensure that the proper diagnosis is found and the best treatment path is taken. 
Patience Must be able to put in long hours and have patience when it comes to trying to create comprehensive treatment plans. 

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Working Conditions

 

Most hospitalists work in hospitals facilitating bedside care with patients. They work long hours and can be on-call, work weekends, holidays, and nights.

They are the main point of contact with patients and work with other medical professionals, so they must be able to coordinate with others and work with others constantly. 

You can also work in private practices by contracting with the practice and providing the same functions you would in a hospital.

The job has a ton of stress that comes with it since you are a medical doctor and have to ensure proper patient care. 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
03.24.2017
Doctorate Hospitalist: Will be responsible for providing Hospitalist services at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital for mostly adult patients. Flexible scheduling with 12-hour shifts. Primary responsibility is admissions. Very limited...
03.24.2017
Responsible for providing Hospitalist services at FirstHealth's hospital in Rockingham, NC. Block schedule with 7 on/7 off. Must be a graduate from an accredited medical school and internal medicine residency program. Board...
03.24.2017
Hospitalist Location: Boston, MA Category: Administrative Department: NEBMA Hospitalist - 765700 Position Type: Per Diem Shift: Rotating Shift Hours Per Week: Per Diem FT/PT/PD: Per Diem Per diem Hospitalist needed to help with...
03.01.2017
We are currently seeking a Hospitalist (MD, PA, NP) to provide occasional coverage on our 40 bed LTAC. Responsibilities: Order and interpret diagnostic studies, formulate assessment plans, provide patient education, respond to life...
03.24.2017
- Hospitalist (3025495) Job Description Hospitalist - (3025495) Description Cooley Dickinson Hospital, a dynamic 140-bed community hospital in Western Massachusetts affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital, is currently seeking...
11.22.2016
  Jefferson County Health Center is a Critical Access Hospital looking for a ARNP or Physician Assistant to join our Hospitalist program.   Providing medical care to patients in our inpatient unit with an average daily...
03.24.2017
Provides patient and family centered care to achieve CentraCare Health mission of improving the health of every patient, every day. Age appropriate care is provided to patients and families. Supports and implements patient safety and other...
03.24.2017
Job Location This physician will join an employed group of over 600 physicians in Indianapolis, IN Highlights Community Physician Network is seeking a Hospitalist physician to join our well established group at Community Hospital North in...
03.24.2017
Physician- Hospitalist Schedule-Full-time Job-Physicians Daily Schedule-8-5 Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period-80 Weekends Required-Occasional Primary Location-IOWA-DES MOINES-MERCY MEDICAL CENTER Job Summary: Essential Duties:...
10.15.2015
The Stead Family Department of Pediatrics at the University of Iowa seeks pediatric hospitalists at the rank of Associate, (non-tenure); or Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor (tenure or non-tenure track). The individual...
03.24.2017
Physician who is interested in providing strictly inpatient care as part of St. Tammany Parish Hospital's Hospitalist program. Must be Louisiana licensed and Board Certified, or Board eligible, in Internal Medicine. Will report directly to the...
10.26.2016
The Hospitalist is responsible to provide direct patient care in the Hospital setting. INTEGRIS Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Essential Functions: * Thoroughly evaluates and manages each patient appropriately...
03.24.2017
Hospitalist/Nocturnist Apply Refer a Friend Back Category: Physician Location: Cambridge, MA Department: PSC PO Physician Recruitment Hours/Week: 40 Date Posted: 03/01/2017 Requisition Number: 100777 Job Details We are...
03.24.2017
- Hospitalist - Nocturnist (3025491) Job Description Hospitalist - Nocturnist - (3025491) Description The Adult Hospitalist - Nocturnist is responsible for providing direct inpatient care to adult medicine patients and inpatient...
01.30.2017
Duties of the physician: Primary duty of the physician is to provide coverage for all inpatients. This position will cover shifts as needed, not to exceed 36 consecutive hours. Adequate documentation of resident supervision in accordance with...
  1. Hospitalist Pinehurst, NC FirstHealth of the Carolinas
    Doctorate Hospitalist: Will be responsible for providing Hospitalist services at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital for mostly adult patients. Flexible scheduling with 12-hour shifts. Primary responsibility is admissions. Very limited...
  2. Hospitalist Pinehurst, NC FirstHealth of the Carolinas
    Responsible for providing Hospitalist services at FirstHealth's hospital in Rockingham, NC. Block schedule with 7 on/7 off. Must be a graduate from an accredited medical school and internal medicine residency program. Board...
  3. Hospitalist Boston, MA New England Baptist Hospital
    Hospitalist Location: Boston, MA Category: Administrative Department: NEBMA Hospitalist - 765700 Position Type: Per Diem Shift: Rotating Shift Hours Per Week: Per Diem FT/PT/PD: Per Diem Per diem Hospitalist needed to help with...
  4. Hospitalist Roslindale, MA Hebrew SeniorLife
    We are currently seeking a Hospitalist (MD, PA, NP) to provide occasional coverage on our 40 bed LTAC. Responsibilities: Order and interpret diagnostic studies, formulate assessment plans, provide patient education, respond to life...
  5. Hospitalist Northampton, MA Cooley Dickinson Hospital
    - Hospitalist (3025495) Job Description Hospitalist - (3025495) Description Cooley Dickinson Hospital, a dynamic 140-bed community hospital in Western Massachusetts affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital, is currently seeking...
  6. Hospitalist Fairfield, IA Jefferson County Health Center
      Jefferson County Health Center is a Critical Access Hospital looking for a ARNP or Physician Assistant to join our Hospitalist program.   Providing medical care to patients in our inpatient unit with an average daily...
  7. Hospitalist St. Cloud, MN CentraCare Health
    Provides patient and family centered care to achieve CentraCare Health mission of improving the health of every patient, every day. Age appropriate care is provided to patients and families. Supports and implements patient safety and other...
  8. Hospitalist Indianapolis, IN Community Health Network
    Job Location This physician will join an employed group of over 600 physicians in Indianapolis, IN Highlights Community Physician Network is seeking a Hospitalist physician to join our well established group at Community Hospital North in...
  9. Physician- Hospitalist Des Moines, IA Mercy Medical Center Des Moines
    Physician- Hospitalist Schedule-Full-time Job-Physicians Daily Schedule-8-5 Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period-80 Weekends Required-Occasional Primary Location-IOWA-DES MOINES-MERCY MEDICAL CENTER Job Summary: Essential Duties:...
  10. PEDIATRIC HOSPITALIST Iowa City, IA University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    The Stead Family Department of Pediatrics at the University of Iowa seeks pediatric hospitalists at the rank of Associate, (non-tenure); or Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor (tenure or non-tenure track). The individual...
  11. Hospitalist Physician Covington, LA St. Tammany Parish Hospital
    Physician who is interested in providing strictly inpatient care as part of St. Tammany Parish Hospital's Hospitalist program. Must be Louisiana licensed and Board Certified, or Board eligible, in Internal Medicine. Will report directly to the...
  12. Hospitalist Physician Oklahoma City, OK INTEGRIS Health
    The Hospitalist is responsible to provide direct patient care in the Hospital setting. INTEGRIS Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Essential Functions: * Thoroughly evaluates and manages each patient appropriately...
  13. Hospitalist/Nocturnist Cambridge, MA Cambridge Health Alliance
    Hospitalist/Nocturnist Apply Refer a Friend Back Category: Physician Location: Cambridge, MA Department: PSC PO Physician Recruitment Hours/Week: 40 Date Posted: 03/01/2017 Requisition Number: 100777 Job Details We are...
  14. Hospitalist - Nocturnist Northampton, MA Cooley Dickinson Hospital
    - Hospitalist - Nocturnist (3025491) Job Description Hospitalist - Nocturnist - (3025491) Description The Adult Hospitalist - Nocturnist is responsible for providing direct inpatient care to adult medicine patients and inpatient...
  15. Physician-Hospitalist Des Moines, IA VA Central Iowa Health Care System
    Duties of the physician: Primary duty of the physician is to provide coverage for all inpatients. This position will cover shifts as needed, not to exceed 36 consecutive hours. Adequate documentation of resident supervision in accordance with...