Doctor with Patient in Hospital

Hospitalists, who also may be referred to as doctors or physicians, are the medical professionals who care for patients when they are hospitalized. They admit patients, perform medical procedures, design treatment plans, and communicate and coordinate care with patients and other hospital staff. They ensure that patients receive the care needed and coordinate resources for patients when they are discharged.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Physicians, Doctors
Duties Admitting patients to the hospital; diagnosing patients; providing inpatient care; developing treatment regimes; ordering laboratory tests; prescribing medications; collaborating with hospital staff and specialists; discharging patients; training and supervising medical students, residents and other health care professionals at facility
Salary Range $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Positions are located in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • Medical Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
Experience Three to eight years residency
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Interpersonal
  • Scientific
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements Background check
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Medical Staff Director or Researcher/Academic
  • Hospitalist
  • Resident

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