Projected Growth: Faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Extensive Preparation Needed
Your job is to Provide inpatient care predominantly in settings such as medical wards, acute care units, intensive care units, rehabilitation centers, or emergency rooms. Manage and coordinate patient care throughout treatment.
Common job titles of Hospitalists include:
Experience and Education
Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
60% said they needed a Post-Doctoral Training.
32% said they needed a Doctoral Degree.
Write patient discharge summaries and send them to primary care physicians.
Order or interpret the results of tests such as laboratory tests and radiographs (x-rays).
Prescribe medications or treatment regimens to hospital inpatients.
Communicate with patients' primary care physicians upon admission, when treatment plans change, or at discharge to maintain continuity and quality of care.
Attend inpatient consultations in areas of specialty.
Refer patients to medical specialists, social services, or other professionals as appropriate.
Conduct discharge planning and discharge patients.
Admit patients for hospital stays.
Diagnose, treat, or provide continuous care to hospital inpatients.
Direct, coordinate, or supervise the patient care activities of nursing or support staff.
Direct the operations of short stay or specialty units.
Train or supervise medical students, residents, or other health professionals.
Participate in continuing education activities to maintain or enhance knowledge and skills.
Tongue depressorsAll Tools
Pulsed Doppler ultrasounds
Personal digital assistants PDA
Needleless injection systems
Neckband hanging magnifiers
Medication dispensing machines
Medical suction catheters
Laser facsimile machines
Laryngeal mask airways LMA
Invasive blood pressure monitors
Hot biopsy forceps
High-speed multislice computed tomography CT scanners
Headband magnifier lights
Hand-held ultrasound devices
Gastrostomy feeding tubes
Fine biopsy needles
Fetal ultrasound monitors
Dual-mode cell phones
Digital handheld thermometers
Continuous wave Doppler ultrasounds
Cold biopsy forceps
Clinical magnetic resonance imaging MRI scanners
Central venous catheters
Carbon dioxide monitors
Binocular light compound microscopes
Bag valve mask BVM resuscitators
Aspheric lens magnifiers
Computerized physician order entry CPOE software
Electronic medical record EMR software
Global positioning system GPS software
Medical decision support software
Medical procedure coding software
Medical reference software
Voice recognition software
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Teaching others how to do something.
Using mathematics to solve problems.
Management of Personnel Resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression
Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning
Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering
See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Recognition
Generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Category Flexibility
Identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Cognitive Abilities › Perceptual Abilities › Flexibility of Closure