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Career Profile

Hospitalist
What They Do
Just the Facts
Provides inpatient care, predominantly in settings such as medical wards; acute care units; intensive
care units; rehabilitation centers; or emergency rooms. Manages and coordinates patient care
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throughout treatment.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Diagnostic Services pathway.

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Nuclear Medicine
Physician
Pathologist
Anesthesiologist
Coroner
Family/General
Practitioner
General Internist
Obstetrician and
Gynecologist
Oral Surgeon
Pediatrician
Physiatrist

Diagnoses, treats, or provides continuous care to hospital inpatients.


Prescribes medications or treatment regimens to hospital inpatients.
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Admits patients for hospital stays.
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Writes patient discharge summaries and sends them to primary care physicians.
Conducts discharge planning and discharges patients.
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Orders or interprets the results of tests such as laboratory tests and radiographs (x-rays).
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Communicates with patients' primary care physicians upon admission, when treatment plans
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change, or at discharge to maintain continuity and quality of care.
Refers patients to medical specialists, social services or other professionals as appropriate.
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Participates in continuing education activities to maintain or enhance knowledge and skills.
Attends inpatient consultations in areas of specialty.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands


People who do this job report that:
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You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you
might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard
hat, or personal flotation devices
Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and
sanitation control
Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

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Seeing clearly up close


Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel


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Rotating shift work


Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers


Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:
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