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Determining the professional attributes of a hospitalist: experience in one Australian metropolitan hospital

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Data were prospectively recorded on 1294 consecutive patients admitted to a General Medical Unit at the Gold Coast Hospital to review the caseload and pre­requisite professional skills of a general physician working as a full-time hospitalist. Based on this review, the general physician hospitalist must possess expertise in the manage­ment of common medical conditions and comorbidities, uncommon medical conditions, elderly patients, the seriously ill, the terminally ill, psychiatric patients, surgical patients and patients with dermatologic, ophthalmic and gynaecological problems. The hospitalist must also be proficient in medical education and organization governance. The demonstration of such skills ensures the ‘hospitalist’ model is efficient and effective for hospital-based care. (Intern Med J 2005; 35: 305–308)
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Keywords: full-time physicians; generalist; geriatrics; hospital systems; hospitalist

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Division of Medicine, Gold Coast Hospital, Southport, Queensland, Australia

Publication date: May 1, 2005

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