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Mending fences

November 2011

Published in the November 2011 issue of Today’s Hospitalist

For hospitalists, navigating sometimes difficult relationships with other physicians is all in a day’s work. But what happens when hospitalists have difficult relationships with other hospitalists?

This month’s cover story tries to answer that question by taking a closer look at teaching hospitals that employ both teaching and nonteaching hospitalists. While there’s traditionally been tension between these two groups, it appears that hospitals are finding ways to take a “big-tent” approach and integrate both services.

In part, hospitals have worked to erase the stigma that is often attached to nonteaching physicians. But hospitals have also realized that not all hospitalists are cut out for teaching “or even want to teach.
Efforts to integrate these services often end up serving as a teaching moment for hospitals and hospitalists alike. Those efforts also help strengthen hospitalist groups working in teaching hospitals.

A sign that tensions between hospitalists and another specialty are easing can be found in this month’s commentary by Erik DeLue, MD. While hospitalists may still do plenty of grumbling about emergency physicians, Dr. DeLue thinks that some of that animosity is going by the wayside.

In part, he says, that’s because emergency physicians are realizing that they would much rather admit patients to hospitalists than to physicians who are on call and trying to get a good night’s sleep. As a result, problems between ED physicians and hospitalists typically lead to dialogue, not war.

edoyleEdward Doyle
Editor & Publisher
edoyle@todayshospitalist.com