Hospitalists emerging as fastest-growing field in medicine

10/6/2004 | Wall Street Journal, The

A new breed of provider is making the rounds in hospitals, but not anywhere else. Hospitalists, as they're called, have the sole responsibility of caring for hospitalized patients from admission through discharge and they represent the fastest-growing field in medicine. Unlike attending physicians, who have their own outside practices, hospitalists coordinate all care, order tests and are trained to spot changes in a patient's condition.

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