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Dr. Kennedy Hospital medicine in the United States is concerned with the general medical care of hospitalized patients. The majority of hospitalists are physicians with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) or Medical Degree (M.D.). About 78% of practicing hospitalists are trained in general internal medicine. Another 4 % are trained in an internal medicine subspecialty, most commonly pulmonology or intensive care medicine. The rest are from family practice, pediatrics and "med-peds" (trained in internal medicine and pediatrics). Hospitalist perform patient care, teaching, research, and administrative functions related to hospital care. Hospital medicine is organized around the hospital rather than around an organ (like hepatology or cardiology), or a disease (like oncology), or a patient’s age (like pediatrics). Most hospitalists help manage patients throughout the continuum of hospital care, often seeing patients in the ER, admitting them to inpatient wards, following them as necessary into the critical care unit, and organizing post-acute care.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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