Nothing seemed unusual about Dr. Bruce Covner’s recent visit with an elderly patient awaiting hip surgery at Scripps Memorial Hospital-La Jolla.
Hospital medicine has become the fastest-growing health specialty, according to the Society of Hospital Medicine. Nearly 28,000 hospitalists now work at more than half of the nation’s medical centers, including prestigious facilities such as the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic and Harvard University’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. More than 82 percent of hospitalists have a background in general internal medicine, the Society of Hospital Medicine found in a 2008 survey. The average hospitalist is 38 and earns $193,000 annually.
The San Diego Union Tribune, by Keith Darcé, 12/28/09