Hospitalists

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Academic Hospitalist
  • Associate Chief, Section of Hospital Medicine
  • Chief of Hospital Medicine
  • Chief of Internal Medicine
  • Hospitalist
  • Hospitalist Medical Director
  • Hospitalist Program Director
  • Hospital Medicine Director
  • Inpatient Services Director
  • Internal Medicine Hospitalist
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What They Do

  • Diagnose, treat, or provide continuous care to hospital inpatients.
  • 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.
  • Refer patients to medical specialists, social services or other professionals as appropriate.
  • Write patient discharge summaries and send them to primary care physicians.
  • 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.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: SI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Social interests, but also prefer Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Recognition and Support in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • 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.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Ohio was $214,440

Outlook

1.51%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 16,910 people in Ohio. It is projected that there will be 19,470 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 256 openings due to growth and about 454 replacement openings for approximately 710 total annual openings.