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The Academic Psychiatric Hospitalist: A Model for Treatment and Training in the Academic Inpatient Setting

Bess, Joshua MD; Casher, Michael MD

Journal of Psychiatric Practice: March 2011 - Volume 17 - Issue 2 - p 145–151
doi: 10.1097/01.pra.0000396069.72095.2f
Practitioner's Corner

Recent years have seen the expanding presence of hospitalists, most prominently in internal medicine, but also in other areas such as neurology, pediatrics, and psychiatry. In contrast to a burgeoning literature on general medicine hospitalists, very little has been written about the role of psychiatric hospitalists—psychiatrists who work exclusively in the hospital setting—and the advantages of this model in the inpatient setting. The authors trace the history of hospitalists in psychiatry and argue that this model can fit well with the clinical and teaching mission of the modern academic psychiatry inpatient program. High quality care of acutely ill psychiatric inpatients involves a body of knowledge and a set of core competencies that may be best served by psychiatric hospitalists. (Journal of Psychiatric Practice. 2011;17:145–151).

Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical School

Please send correspondence to: Joshua Bess, MD, Department of Psychiatry UH9C 9150, 1500 E Medical Center Dr, SPC 5120, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5120. bessj@med.umich.edu

Disclosure: Dr. Casher has received honoraria as a speaker for AstraZeneca and Pfizer; Dr. Bess has no potential conflicts of interest to disclose.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.