Zero to 50,000 - The 20th Anniversary of the Hospitalist.
N Engl J Med. 2016 Aug 10;
Authors: Wachter RM, Goldman L
Twenty years ago, we described the emergence of a new type of specialist that we called a "hospitalist."(1) Since then, the number of hospitalists has grown from a few hundred to more than 50,000 (see graph) - making this new field substantially larger than any subspecialty of internal medicine (the largest of which is cardiology, with 22,000 physicians), about the same size as pediatrics (55,000), and in fact larger than any specialty except general internal medicine (109,000) and family medicine (107,000). Approximately 75% of U.S. hospitals, including all highly ranked academic health centers, now have hospitalists. The field's rapid growth . . .
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