Pediatric Hospital Medicine 2012

Hospital Medicine in 2012: Why the Fastest Growing Specialty in Medical History Is Becoming Even More Crucial
Robert M. Wachter
At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the evolution of hospital medicine within the field of internal medicine.
  2. Describe the core clinical and academic expertise that defines hospital medicine as a distinct specialty within internal medicine and which informed the American Board of Internal Medicine's accreditation designation for adult hospital medicine.
  3. Discuss the challenges to the future evolution and maturation of hospital medicine.
  4. Apply lessons from over 20 years of experience of hospitalists in internal medicine to the current challenges and decisions faced by pediatric hospital medicine as a field.

Dr. Robert Wachter, Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of California San Francisco, coined the term "hospitalist" in an article in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1996. Since then he has been a leading voice documenting the impact of hospitalists on patients, hospitals, and trainees. In so doing, he has helped define the field of hospital medicine as a distinct academic area of expertise within internal medicine. Through the lens of the internal medicine experience, Dr. Wachter will frame some lessons learned, anticipate some future challenges, and comment on how pediatric hospital medicine might approach the ongoing debate about accreditation.




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