Hospitalists perform a number of tasks related to patient care and team cohesion in a hospital setting. They are responsible for making sure that they provide high-quality care to patients by staying up to date with all current regulations and rules made by the government and their hospital; they also need to be make sure they keep a strong relationship with other members of their teams to ensure proper patient care, make sure that there is sufficient continuity of care, and help patients effectively transition to the community. They must make recommendations to process improvements for their hospital as needed and help to implement any changes that are approved.
Additionally, hospitalists participate in quality assurance programs and reviews. Hospitalists generally work full time in a hospital setting. Shifts performed by the hospitalist vary depending on the needs of the institution, but they commonly work eight- or 12-hour shifts.
Requirements for hospitalists include being board certified in medicine with an active license to practice medicine in the state in which they work. Since interaction with other team members, patients, and their families is so frequent, they must possess excellent communication skills, work well in a team setting, and be able to work well under substantial stress.
Serve as point of contact for all health care around particular patients.
Handle problems, emergencies, and changes in situations rapidly.
Oversee communication with hospitalized patients, family members, nurses, and doctors.