Don’t panic, it’s not about defending a new specialty, it’s about thinking what should be the roles and responsibilities of the physicians in charge of hospital wards if they want to improve safety, quality and continuity of admitted patients’ care.
In 1996 Dr. Robert Watcher and Dr. Lee Goldman described for the first time the term hospitalist as a doctor specialized in the practice of hospital medicine. This matter was experienced then as necessary for the organization of hospital wards in the US, due mainly to the multitasking of specialists who caused that the management of admitted patients was often disorderly. Almost twenty years later the Society of Hospital Medicine reports that there are more than 30,000 hospitalists working in 3,300 hospitals.
In the video, you can see Dr. Chris Addis explaining the main contributions of hospitalists to the admitted patients’ care, in summary: a) assume the coordination of specialists, b) know how to communicate the patient's clinical information in a simple manner, c) ensure continuity of care, and d) be the referent for family doctors both during admission and during the transfer.