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Hospitalists: A Field on the Move

The number of hospitalists is growing, but their turnover is greater than other physicians.

By Linda Keslar // Spring 2012
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50,000
Estimated number of hospitalists by 2017, according to expert Robert Wachter (up from 34,000 today)

17
Percentage of shift a hospitalist spends in direct contact with patients (about nine minutes per patient)

64
Percentage of shift spent on indirect patient care, including updating electronic medical records, making phone calls and writing discharge instructions

25
Percentage of hospitalists who say they plan to leave the field within five years

42
Average age of a hospitalist

8
Percent turnover rate of hospitalists, compared with a historical average of about 6% for all physicians

$220,000
Hospitalists’ mean compensation package, compared with $187,000 for primary care physicians

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