The Rotating Hospitalist: A Solution for an Academic Internal Medicine Practice

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Background: Concerns have been raised about the role that hospitalists may have in changing the educational process for medical students and residents, especially with regard to the primary care specialties. Methods: We implemented rotating hospital and office duties within our five-physician group. Results: Resident and student satisfaction increased, and additional faculty members could be added without expanding office space. Financial benefits then also ensued. Conclusion: Rotating hospital with office duties among a small group of internists has resulted in most of the advantages with few of the drawbacks related to the hospitalist approach.