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Sub-specialty Hospitalists on the Rise

The role of the hospitalist is alluring to physicians and hospitals and its growth is well established. But cultural and recruiting challenges remain.

The hospital-only specialty, which originated in primary care in the 1990s, has caught on throughout numerous sub-specialties.

Among  OB-GYN, gastroenterology, and general surgery services, the growth of the hospitalist is driven in part by physicians' desires for greater work-life balance, particularly when it comes to call coverage.

As a result of the growing interest, the physician recruiting database Profiles, which interviews graduating physicians (residents and fellows) about their career goals and specialty choices, has started asking several sub-specialties about their interest in a hospitalist positions.

The question has been standard for internists, pediatricians, and family medicine for many years.

For the full editorial from Health Leaders Media and TeamHealth's own Dr. Brian Price, click here.