Guest blogger: Noah Rosenberg, MD, Family Medicine/Hospitalist
When people ask me what kind of doctor I am, and I tell them that I’m a family medicine hospitalist, they often respond with a confused look.
First, they are sometimes confused because most people associate family medicine with their primary care doctor. While it’s true that most physicians trained in family medicine practice outside the hospital, we’re also trained to care for hospitalized patients, newborns, children and even deliver babies!
Second, people are then often confused by the term “hospitalist.” This means a type of physician who specializes in caring for patients in the hospital. This is what I tell people: think of me and any of my colleagues as your primary care provider’s representative in the hospital.
An Average Day
- It starts with getting information from my colleagues about any overnight events for our patients. At this time, we also follow up on new labs and overnight vital signs.
- I or one my colleagues, then often give a short informative lecture to the residents, or physicians in training, about a topic related to a recent patient admission.
- Then we begin rounds, where we visit and discuss the plan of care with each patient. We recognize that between the residents, pharmacists, nurses and others involved in the care team, it can sometimes be overwhelming to know who is directing your care. Therefore, we give patients our cards, so that they and their loved ones know who to contact with questions.
- Once rounds are completed, we sit down to write our notes for the day and call any consultant specialists who may be helping us care for our patients.
- Patients are discharged and others are admitted throughout the day.
Being a family medicine hospitalist is truly a privilege, so I strive to give every patient the compassionate care he or she deserves, just the way I know their primary care providers do outside the hospital.