Hospital medicine: A medical specialty dedicated to the delivery of comprehensive medical care to hospitalized patients. Practitioners of hospital medicine include physicians (“hospitalists”) and non-physician providers who engage in clinical care, teaching, research, or leadership in the field of general hospital medicine. In addition to their core expertise managing the clinical problems of acutely ill, hospitalized patients, hospital medicine practitioners work to enhance the performance of hospitals and healthcare systems by:
Hospitalist: A Hospitalist is a practitioner who is engaged in clinical care, teaching, research, and/or leadership in the field of hospital medicine. Practitioners of hospital medicine include physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
Approved By SHM Board on January 26, 2016