A hospitalist is a clinician whose primary professional focus is the general medical care of hospitalized patients. Hospitalists engage in clinical care, teaching, research and enhancing the performance of hospitals and healthcare system.
- Complete daily rotations
- Conduct grand rounds
- Mentor medical students
- Supervise nursing staff
- Accept care of critical patients from outside emergency personnel brought in via ambulance
- Diagnose patients and develop treatment plan
- Order diagnostic tests from other medical providers
- Accurately chart patient symptoms and behavior
- Provides health care to patients including diagnosis and treatment.
- Obtains medical histories, performs physical examinations, and makes diagnosis, and orders appropriate, standard laboratory and diagnostic procedures as necessary.
- Evaluates procedure results. Provides preventative as well as acute care.
- Provides continuity of care by developing and implementing patients’ plan of care.
- Provides patient education about underlying medical condition, self-management of acute or chronic illnesses and tailors instructions to patients’ individual circumstances.
- Instructs and counsels patients regarding therapeutic regimens, promoting wellness and health maintenance.
- Prescribes medications.
- Documents exam and progress notes in the Electronic Medical Record.
- Collects, monitors and reports on patient outcomes.
- Share night and weekend call coverage with other physicians in a Call Group.
- Ensure HIPAA guidelines are followed at all times.
- Responsible for the conduct and care given by other clinical staff including nurses, medical assistants and technologists. The physician is the head of the clinical team.
- Responsible for conduct and patient interaction of shadowing medical students, physician extenders and nursing interns.
- Follows established evidence based practices and assures good quality patient care.