Orthopedic Hospitalists and Hospital Medicine

An orthopedic hospitalist is an inpatient orthopedic specialist.

In many hospitals today, any orthopedic issue that presents to the emergency room will be addressed by the on-duty hospitalist. Also, inpatient consults from other services may be addressed by orthopedic hospitalists.

An orthopedic hospitalist can address:

  • Hip fractures in the elderly
  • Ankle fractures in the young and old
  • Wrist fractures from typical falls
  • Pediatric forearm fractures from sports or playground accidents

Depending on the capability of the hospital, the orthopaedic hospitalist may also be a full-fledged traumatologist taking care of the multiply injured in concert with the trauma team. In most places, however, orthopaedic hospitalists can be considered “Community Orthopaedic Traumatologists,” as named by Dr. Timothy Bray in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma.(1)

Orthopaedic hospitalists become the face of the hospital for those in the community with musculoskeletal injuries, both in the emergency room and in the follow-up clinic. Orthopaedic hospitalists partner with the hospital administration and its medical staff in assist in the care of the community.

(1) Bray TJ. The Community Orthopaedic Traumatologist. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma 2011Jan;25(1):1–4.[cited 2011 Jan 18 ] (Insert link to PDF attached with same title)(check folder)

Watch this brief video of Larry Wellikson, MD, SFHM, CEO of the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) discussing five things orthopedic hospitalists can do with SHM.

Orthopedic Hospitalist Practice Profiles

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Additional Resources and Articles for Orthopedic Hospitalists

Orthopedic Hospital-Focused Practice Articles

Events for Orthopedic Hospitalists

View a list of The American Orthopaedic Association meetings, events and educational offerings.