Hospitalist positions are available across the United States in a variety of permanent and locum tenens positions. Finding the right practice opportunity can be a difficult process for the busy Internal Medicine Physician seeking an established Hospitalist Program or a temporary locums assignment. It's hard to believe it was nearly 15 years ago that this new specialty was born from the simple idea that hospitals seek to provide quality health care and doctors want to practice the science of medicine. It was a natural inevitability that a specialty would develop to focus on the medical care of hospitalized patients. It's a sort of hospitalology - the study of hospital medicine.
While some Hospitalists are Family Practitioners, Pulmonologists or Intensivists (critical care), the majority of practicing Hospitalists have trained in the specialty of Internal Medicine. In some cases Physician Assistants (PA) and Nurse Practitioners (NP) are also called hospitalists when the majority of their time is spent in hospital medicine. Besides the practical reason of having a clinician at the hospital to manage patient care from admission to discharge, the cost savings have been a major force in the growing popularity of Hospitalists. With more than 30,000 practicing hospitalists the specialty certainly warrants the designation that clearly identifies this distinct field of medicine.