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Continued evolution of hospital medicine

  • Geno J. Merli
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    Corresponding author.
    Affiliations
    Medicine and Surgery, Jefferson Vascular Center, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Philadelphia, PA 19107, United States of America
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  • Catriona McDonald Harrop
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    Medicine and Neurologic Surgery, Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neurosciences, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Philadelphia, PA 19107, United States of America
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      On August 15, 1996 in the New England Journal of Medicine, R.M. Wachter and L. Goldman anticipated the rapid growth of a new group of physicians and coined the term “hospitalist”. These inpatient internal medicine specialists were dedicated to managing hospitalized patients [
      • Wachter R.M.
      • Goldman L.
      The emerging role of “hospitalists” in the American health care system.
      ]. Hospitalists are now defined as physicians whose primary professional focus includes clinical care, teaching, research and/or administration for hospitalized patients. In 1997 John Nelson and Wintrop Whitcomb founded the Society of Hospital Medicine. The mission of the Society of Hospital Medicine is to promote exceptional care for hospitalized patients [
      ]. This goal will be achieved through the following objectives:
      • 1.
        Promoting high quality and high value health care for every hospitalized patient;
      • 2.
        Advancing the state of the art in hospital medicine through education and research;
      • 3.
        Improving hospitals and the health care community through innovation, collaboration and patient centered care;
      • 4.
        Supporting and nurturing a vibrant, diverse and multidisciplinary membership to ensure the long-term health of hospital medicine;

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      References

        • Wachter R.M.
        • Goldman L.
        The emerging role of “hospitalists” in the American health care system.
        N. Engl. J. Med. 1996; 335: 514-517
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