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Academic hospitalist: who they are and how much they work

October 2022

Data from the 2022 Today’s Hospitalist Compensation & Career Survey paints a demographic picture of full-time academic hospitalists who treat adults. Here some data points from our survey.

  • Where they work: Among respondents to our survey, fewer than half (43.8%) of academic hospitalists said they work for a university or medical school. About one-third (32.3%) work for a hospital or a hospital corporation, 8.3% work for the VA, and 6.3% work for a national hospitalist management group.

In the 2022 Today’s Hospitalist Compensation & Career Survey, full-time academic hospitalists treating adults saw a 9% same jump in compensation since we last asked the question in 2019. Read Academic hospitalists and what they earn.

  • Group size: Academic hospitalists work in groups that have a mean of 24 full-time-equivalent physicians. Of those groups that employ advanced practice providers (APPs), the mean number of APPs is 11.
  • Shift type: Nearly half of academic hospitalists in our survey—about 44%—say they work seven-on/seven-off, but even more—47.9%—report working some other type of daytime shift. Less than 10%—8.3%—work only nights.
  • Shifts per month: In our survey, 63.8% of academic hospitalists work between 14 and 16 shifts a month, while 11.6% work between 17 and 20 shifts a month. Nearly one in four (23.2%) work 13 shifts a month or fewer.
  • Work hours: Forty-five percent of academic hospitalists reported working 12-hour shifts, but nearly as many (38.8%) work shifts that are between eight and 11 hours. (Ten percent report working more than 13-hour shifts.)
  • The pandemic effect: When it came to how the pandemic affected work hours for academic hospitalists, our data showed that 51.8% said the pandemic produced no change.
  • Years worked: Academic hospitalists reported working a mean of 10 years as a hospitalist. The largest group—32.9%—has worked between five and nine years in hospital medicine, with 25% working 10-14 years and 17.1% working between 15 and 19 years. Only 18.4% worked fewer than five years in the field.
  • Longevity: Longevity as a hospitalist didn’t necessarily translate to years at their current job. A majority of academic hospitalists—53.4%— reported working in their current job less than five years. Fewer than 40% (38.3%) said they’d worked in their current job between five and 14 years.
  • Career satisfaction: Nearly one in five academic hospitalists (18.4%) said they’re very satisfied with their career. Meanwhile, 63.1% said they were either satisfied or somewhat satisfied. On the negative side, 17.1% admitted being somewhat unsatisfied, while 1.3% are just flat-out very unsatisfied.
  • Demographics: Among academic hospitalists taking our survey, 59.2% are men and 40.8% are women. Their mean age is around 43 and, not surprisingly, more than one-third (35.5%) work in the Northeast, the home to many of the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals. The second largest group of academic hospitalists work in the South—22.4%—while 18.4% work in the Midwest.

Want to know more? An executive summary of our adult hospitalist survey results is available for purchase here.

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