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The year in review

December 2010

Published in the December 2010 issue of Today’s Hospitalist

AS 2010 DRAWS TO A CLOSE, we thought it would be a good time to revisit some themes that we like to occasionally touch on.

First on that list is our annual look at the state of literature for hospital medicine. While we can’t take credit for this story “two hospitalists from UCSF presented the review earlier this fall “it’s nonetheless an interesting take on new developments in treating two diseases: COPD and septic shock.

And with the troubled economy finally beginning to show some signs of life, the end of 2010 also seemed like a good time to revisit a key story we’ve tracked over the years: the state of the job market for hospitalists.

The article finds that there’s still plenty of life in hospitalist recruiting, particularly in smaller markets. That said, several factors “and the economy is just one “are causing changes in the hospitalist job market. You’ll find details of what hospitalists who are looking for either their first position or their latest opportunity can expect to find.

Finally, on a related note, this month’s commentary by Erik DeLue, MD, looks at how the working environment for hospitalists changed in 2010. He argues that 2010 may be remembered as the year that U.S. physicians began flocking to practices where they work for someone else.

The reasoning is straightforward: With reimbursement for procedures going down, Dr. DeLue says, specialists like cardiologists may see their income trending toward that of hospitalists, not the other way around.

We’ll see if that comes to pass. For now, I hope that 2010 was a great year for you, and that 2011 will be even better.

edoyleEdward Doyle
Editor & Publisher