Becoming a Hospitalist

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Benefits of Medical Student Membership in the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM)

Typical Educational Path

  • 4 years at a college or university to earn a BS or BA degree, usually with a strong emphasis on basic science.
  • 4 years of education at one of the E.S.-accredited medical schools. Usually the first two years are classroom based and the last two years are typically hospital-, clinical- and office-based rotations.
  • 3-9 years in a residency program. Through a national matching program, newly graduated MDs enter into a residency program that is under the supervision of a senior medical educator.
  • 1-3 years of additional training in a subspecialty is an option for those desiring to be specialized in medicine.