Hospital medicine is rapidly gaining recognition as a medical specialty organized around the care of hospitalized patients. For second- and third-year residents who are interested in hospital medicine, the Hospitalist Pathway is designed to enhance the educational experiences through increased exposure to settings and topics likely to be encountered as a hospitalist, and by increasing the residents’ interactions with their peers and faculty mentors who are also interested in hospital medicine.
The Hospitalist Pathway rotations are designed to help residents
• improve their management skills for hospitalized adults
• improve their communication with consultants and other members of the healthcare team
• develop leadership and teaching skills
• develop time management strategies while functioning as a practitioner on an attending-directed service
While continuing in the categorical curriculum, residents following this pathway will experience increased exposure to hospital-based medicine through a series of career-specific rotations that emphasize inpatient management necessary for providing comprehensive inpatient care. Additional educational experiences highlight health care delivery systems, patient safety, multidisciplinary care and the business and management aspects of medicine. The Hospitalist Pathway requires residents to complete a one-on-one experience with an experienced hospitalist on a non-teaching hospitalist service in either the academic or community setting. Residents also are able to individualize their experiences by selecting from a number of electives including Procedure Team, Stroke Team, SNICU, Sub-Consultant rotation, and Palliative care rotation.