Hospitalists provide inpatient care in settings such as medical wards, acute care units, intensive care units, rehabilitation centers or emergency rooms. They manage and coordinate patient care throughout treatment.
Hospitalists must complete a four-year bachelor’s degree, plus four years of medical school to obtain their medical degree from an accredited medical school. In addition, a hospitalist also must complete several years of graduate medical education (GME) to include a one-year internship, plus 3 years of residency training. A hospitalist must pass the necessary medical certification and licensing exams and any state licensing exams. Most hospitalists are also required to be board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.