Hospitalist  What They Do

Just the Facts


Provides inpatient care, predominantly in settings such as medical wards; acute care units; intensive care units; rehabilitation centers; or emergency rooms. Manages and coordinates patient care throughout treatment.

This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Prescribes medications or treatment regimens to hospital inpatients.
  • Diagnoses, treats, or provides continuous care to hospital inpatients.
  • Admits patients for hospital stays.
  • Orders or interprets the results of tests such as laboratory tests and radiographs (x-rays).
  • Conducts discharge planning and discharges patients.
  • Refers patients to medical specialists, social services or other professionals as appropriate.
  • Writes patient discharge summaries and sends them to primary care physicians.
  • Attends inpatient consultations in areas of specialty.
  • Communicates with patients' primary care physicians upon admission, when treatment plans change, or at discharge to maintain continuity and quality of care.
  • Participates in continuing education activities to maintain or enhance knowledge and skills.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Pediatric Hospitalist --