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History

One of the Premier Academic Hospitalist Groups


In 1998, BIDMC became one of the nation's first hospitals to establish a hospitalist program, and under the leadership of Joseph Li, M.D., it is now one of the premier academic hospitalist groups in the country. Our program continues to expand at a remarkable rate; we now have 32 physicians who see nearly 40,000 patient encounters annually.

What is a hospitalist?

The term "hospitalist" refers to a physician whose primary professional focus is the care of complicated patients in the hospital setting. The term was coined by Robert Wachter, M.D., and Lee Goldman, M.D., in a 1996 New England Journal of Medicine article (Wachter RM, Goldman L. The emerging role of "hospitalists" in the American health care system. N Engl J Med 1996;335:514-7).

Patient Outcomes and Clinical Efficiency

The rapid growth of hospital medicine has been fueled by the recognition among physicians and hospitals of the need for this role in an increasingly complex healthcare system, and by the increasing evidence of improvements in patient outcomes and clinical efficiency (Auerbach et al. Implementation of a voluntary hospitalist service at a community teaching hospital: improved clinical efficiency and patient outcomes. Ann Intern Med 2002;137:859-65).

Learn More about Hospital Medicine

To learn more about hospital medicine from the person who helped coin the term "hospitalist," Dr. Robert Wachter, visit his Web site: The Hospitalist Model of Care. This Web page provides in-depth information regarding the past, present, and future of "the fastest growing specialty in medical history."

For additional information, please visit the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM); SHM is the largest organization in the nation representing hospitalists and the practice of hospital medicine.

Contact Information

Hospital Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
617-754-4677 (HOSP)
hospdoc@bidmc.harvard.edu