The opportunity to participate as a hospitalist should be open to all interested physicians whose education, training, and current competence qualify them to serve effectively in this role. Hospitalists are physicians whose primary professional focus is hospital medicine, the general medical care of hospitalized patients. Family physicians possess unique attitudes, skills, and knowledge which qualify them to provide continuing and comprehensive medical care to each member of the family regardless of sex, age, or type of problem.
During their training, family physicians acquire attitudes, skills, and knowledge that enable them to provide continuing and comprehensive medical care across the spectrum of care settings, including the inpatient setting. Education in the primary management of hospitalized patients occurs during the required general inpatient ward and intensive care unit experiences. In addition, family physicians are required to train with general surgeons and surgical subspecialists, enhancing recognition and understanding of surgical interventions and disease states upon which hospitalists are frequently asked to consult or co-manage. Family medicine training also encompasses additional skills essential to the practice of hospital medicine, including participation in quality improvement, addressing the psychosocial needs of patients, coordinating across levels and environments of care, and functioning as members of interdisciplinary teams. (2003) (2019 COD)