hospitalist

noun
hos·​pi·​tal·​ist | \ ˈhä-(ˌ)spi-tə-list How to pronounce hospitalist (audio) \
plural hospitalists

Definition of hospitalist

1 : a physician and especially an internist who specializes in providing and managing the care and treatment of hospitalized patients … the burden of trying to be all things to all of his patients became unmanageable. In 2006, after Wayne Memorial Hospital hired hospitalists—doctors who specialize in taking care of hospitalized patients—Dr. Dewar finally gave up hospital rounds.— Gardiner Harris … some insurers contract with doctors called hospitalists, who take over from a patient's primary physician while the patient is hospitalized.— Milt Freudenheim
2 : a health-care professional (such as a nurse practitioner or physician assistant) who is not a physician but assumes a similar role often used in combination If the hospitalist nurses encounter glitches that may delay the discharge or disagree with a specialist, they can call on the medical practice medical director or associate medical directors for help.Case Management Advisor

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Hospitalist refers to what is rapidly becoming a new specialty in medicine, perhaps due in part to the rise of organized health care. These days, the care that you receive during a hospital stay may be coordinated and monitored by a doctor who is not your regular doctor or the referring physician. The word hospitalist itself first appeared in print in 1996 and derives, of course, from "hospital," which in turn can be traced back to the Medieval Latin hospitale, meaning "hospice" or "guest house."

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Following the completion of their residencies, Joseph will be working in weight management and obesity medicine and Japa will be working as a hospitalist. STAT, "We were inspired to become primary care physicians. Now we’re reconsidering a field in crisis," 20 June 2019 Even when they are hospitalized and are at their most vulnerable, they are treated by anonymous hospitalists rather than their familiar primary care physicians. STAT, "We were inspired to become primary care physicians. Now we’re reconsidering a field in crisis," 20 June 2019 The groom’s father is a hospitalist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Chillicothe, Ohio. New York Times, "Komal Patel, Kishore Padmaraju," 1 July 2018 Palomar Health hospitalist and integrative medicine physician Sabiha Pasha and registered dietitian Kathryn Vasaeli share cooking techniques to help achieve your best heart health in this free class. Laura Groch, sandiegouniontribune.com, "North County Community News, June 10," 10 June 2018 Our past experience with hospitalists has not been optimum. Philly.com, "Hospitalists, first do no harm. Pay attention to each patient's needs," 23 Jan. 2018 Our hospitalist was an incredibly smart, compassionate caring physician. Philly.com, "Hospitalists, first do no harm. Pay attention to each patient's needs," 23 Jan. 2018 The company, founded in 2007, uses teams of hospitalists and nurse practitioners to provide care. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland-based Adfinitas Health buys stake in PA hospitalist group," 8 Jan. 2018 Also, the hospitalists are good doctors who are devoted to care. Andy Lazris, Columbia Flier, "Healthy communication needed between physicians [Commentary]," 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of hospitalist

1971, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hospitalist

hospital + -ist entry 1

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hospitalist

noun
hos·​pi·​tal·​ist | \ ˈhäs-(ˌ)pit-ᵊl-əst How to pronounce hospitalist (audio) \

Medical Definition of hospitalist

1 : a physician and especially an internist who specializes in providing and managing the care and treatment of hospitalized patients … the burden of trying to be all things to all of his patients became unmanageable. In 2006, after Wayne Memorial Hospital hired hospitalists—doctors who specialize in taking care of hospitalized patients—Dr. Dewar finally gave up hospital rounds.— Gardiner Harris … some insurers contract with doctors called hospitalists, who take over from a patient's primary physician while the patient is hospitalized.— Milt Freudenheim
2 : a health-care professional (as a nurse practitioner or physician assistant) who is not a physician but assumes a similar role often used in combination If the hospitalist nurses encounter glitches that may delay the discharge or disagree with a specialist, they can call on the medical practice medical director or associate medical directors for help.Case Management Advisor

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