Bradley Flansbaum, DO; Steven A. Wartman, MD, PhD; Steven J. Walerstein, MD
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Flansbaum B, Wartman SA, Walerstein SJ. The Hospitalist Movement. Ann Intern Med. 1999;131:544-545. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-131-7-199910050-00023
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1999;131(7):544-545.
TO THE EDITOR:
The hospitalist movement is in its infancy, with few programs experienced enough to determine the necessary components of hospitalist training. At Long Island Jewish Medical Center, three years of evolution have provided our hospitalist group with an opportunity to observe many facets of the process of inpatient care. Like Goldman's (1), we also think that a career path in hospital medicine is viable. The many roles a hospitalist performs extend beyond the wards, and it is clear that hospitalist development is a lengthy process and that individual career development must be nurtured through continued education and training. Our “pathways” program allows hospitalist faculty to excel in research, education, or quality improvement. Although research and education are not unique to hospitalists, the daily activities of hospitalists make both inpatient outcomes study and medical education opportunities for innovation. For example, we are designing an inpatient teaching curriculum for the medical housestaff.
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