In recent years, cancer centers and multi-specialty medical centers have established dedicated hospitalist programs to care for hospitalized cancer patients. This growth has been fueled by resident work-hours restrictions and the aging of the population. Most oncology hospitalist programs are staffed by general oncologists or internal medicine-trained hospitalists who develop expertise in caring for complex cancer patients. Prior to the establishment of oncology hospitalists, cancer patients were cared for by house staff at academic institutions, absorbed into the general medicine services, or cared for by outpatient-based oncologists.
The oncology hospitalist's responsibilities include managing medical problems in cancer patients, including pre-existing comorbidities as well as symptoms and complications arising from the cancer or its treatment. Patient and family dynamics are often complex and time-consuming, and demand extra time and attention to psycho-social needs. Oncology hospitalists have developed strong collegial relationships with primary treating oncologists, and the hospitalists' ability to care comprehensively for hospitalized cancer patients allow oncologists to focus their efforts on the oncological aspects of the care. Oncology hospitalists over time acquire considerable familiarity with oncologic illnesses and treatment protocols.
SHM has established a forum at the Annual Meeting and an ongoing internet platform to discuss administrative and medical issues of interest to oncology hospitalists. Future initiatives will include the creation of a database of institutions with oncology hospitalists and/or oncology hospitalist programs, allowing for the development of cooperative relationships conducive to defining benchmarks, creating metrics, and developing quality initiatives.
How to get involved with SHM as an Oncology Hospitalists
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ASCO Annual Meeting
May 30 – June 2, 2014
MASCC/ISOO International Symposium on Supportive Care in Cancer
June 26 – 28, 2014
9th Annual Physicians Board Review Course in Palliative Care
September 2-4, 2014
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center - Houston, Texas
Hospital Medicine Exchange (HMX) is healthcare's only online collaboration site designed specifically to address issues unique to hospitalists and has attracted nearly 2,000 hospitalists in less than a year.
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