Why Hospital Medicine as a Specialty, and Hospitalists in General, are Important

HospitalistHospital medicine emerged as a de facto specialty in the 1990s, when a significant shift occurred to hospitalist-based care from on-call primary care physicians who managed their inpatients. A nationwide shortage of hospital physicians has not substantially altered that model. In fact, a recent survey revealed that 86 percent of 400 hospital CEOs queried were actively recruiting physicians. And 94 percent of those same CEOs reported that recruiting physicians to become hospitalists was difficult and/or challenging.

One way to combat the shortage of qualified hospital physicians is for the medical community to embrace physician board certification through the American Board of Hospital Medicine (ABHM), a member board of the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS). Another is for the medical community – including medical students and qualified primary care physicians – to embrace hospital medicine as an important and viable specialty whose practitioners contribute a great deal to the quality of care patients receive in the nation’s hospitals.

The demonstrable benefits of maintaining a hospitalist program include:

  • Shorter duration of inpatient stays
  • Reduced patient costs and hospital expenditures
  • Improved overall care
  • Patient access to a physician 24 hours a day
  • Rapid coordination of inpatient care and reaction to changes in a patient’s medical status
  • More timely, on-site evaluation of tests and rapid adjustments to treatment
  • Better lines of communication for patient and family members
  • Better lines of communication between the hospital and the primary care physician

Achieving physician board certification through the ABHM demonstrates that a hospitalist has mastered the core competencies required to provide the best possible care to inpatients. The ABHM is the only board of its kind that is constituted and governed by hospitalists, not sub-specialists. To learn more, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.



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Board certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties has served to substantiate my interest and additional training in several fields of medicine including Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, and Administrative Medicine. As a result, I have been able to serve my community in clinical, disaster response, and administrative medicine roles. Through the ABPS, I have become recognized as a leader in my various fields of interest.

Spencer Price MD, MPH, MBA
Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, Administrative Medicine
BCEM certification through ABPS has provided me with many opportunities. It has helped me demonstrate that I have special experience and expertise in Emergency Medicine beyond that obtained through my family medicine training. BCEM certification firmly established me as an emergency medicine specialist once I started working in emergency medicine full time. ABPS has also helped me network with other family physicians with a passion for improving rural and underserved emergency medicine practice.

Alex Beuning, MD, FAAEP
Emergency Medicine
Personal challenge and motivation compelled me to pass my ABPS board exam. Measurement and confirmation of my own knowledge base reinforced my self-confidence. The ABPS, with its history of inclusivity, has allowed me to have a voice in the organization, while permitting me to impact overall national patient safety and care through certification. Participation in exam development afforded me the opportunity to witness the rigorousness of the exam process and psychometrically sound product, while developing meaningful collegiality, professional life enrichment, and warding off burn out.

Elizabeth Maxwell-Schmidt MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine