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What does a career in hospital medicine look like?

SHM’s State of Hospital Medicine Report continues to be the best source of detail regarding how hospital medicine groups are configured and operated. This biennial Report provides current data on hospitalist compensation and production in addition to cutting-edge knowledge covering practice demographics, staffing levels, turnover, staff growth, compensation methods and financial support for solid, evidence-based management decisions.


About 40% of hospitalists are employed directly by the hospital. A hospitalists compensation typically consists of 80% base pay and 20% supplemental income based on production and performance. View more.

The mean annual compensation by year of a non-academic hospitalist is $278,746, an increase of 4.84% from 2014.

Clinical Services

Hospitalists provide a variety of clinical services. View more.

Staffing and Scheduling

Most practicing hospitalists have completed their residencies in internal medicine, however other specialties that lead to hospital medicine include: family medicine, pediatrics, medicine/pediatrics, emergency medicine and geriatrics.

Hospital Medicine offers flexible schedules and positive work-life balance

On average, a hospitalist completes 182 shifts per year with each shift ranging 12-14 hours.

Hospitalists in larger groups typically have 7 days on 7 days off or variable schedules. The smaller the group size, the more likely you are to see M-F scheduling.