I’m always interested in what Robert Wachter, hospitalist thought leader, has to say on the state of the field. He was recently interviewed by Internal Medicine World Report. Points of interest:
Rise of hospitalists and decline of primary care: true, true and unrelated in Wachter’s opinion. Not sure I agree.
How many hospitalists are needed? 30,000 to 50,000, perhaps, more than previously estimated.
What makes the difference between a good program and a bad one? Communication---with families and primary care docs.