Pediatric Hospitalist

What does a pediatric hospitalist do?
What are career opportunities for a Pediatric Hospitalist?
What Board, if any, certifies a Pediatric Hospitalist?
What is the lifestyle of a Pediatric Hospitalist?
What is the compensation for a Pediatric Hospitalist?
Why should I choose to become a Pediatric Hospitalist?
Where do I find out about available programs?
When do I apply?
Why should I choose to become a Pediatric Hospitalist?

What does a Pediatric Hospitalist Do?
Pediatric Hospitalists are pediatricians who work primarily in a hospital. They care for children throughout the hospital, including the pediatric acute care areas, the newborn nursery, the emergency department, labor and delivery, and sometimes the neonatal or pediatric intensive care units. Pediatric Hospitalists partner with primary care pediatricians, other subspecialists and surgeons to provide comprehensive, family centered care during an acute hospitalization. In addition to clinical care of hospitalized children, pediatric hospitalists can participate in a variety of administrative activities including teaching trainees, leading quality and safety improvement initiatives, serving in leadership roles within hospital administration and conducting research.

What are career opportunities for a Pediatric Hospitalist?
Pediatric Hospitalists work in all types of hospital environments. You could consider working in a large, tertiary care Children’s Hospital or a Community Hospital. This is a rapidly growing and changing area of practice with a wide variety of job opportunities. Roles in hospital administration, education, quality improvement and research are often part of the non-clinical opportunities for Pediatric Hospitalists.

What Board, if any, certifies a Pediatric Hospitalist?
Currently Pediatric Hospitalists are Board Certified General Pediatricians. They have completed 4 years of medical school, 3 years of pediatric residency, and many have completed additional training as a fellow in Pediatric Hospital Medicine as well. The ABP is in the process of certifying fellowship training for Hospital Medicine. Be on the lookout for updates over the next few years.

What is the lifestyle of a Pediatric Hospitalist?
The lifestyle of a pediatric hospitalist can be very different, depending on the needs of the hospital in which you work. Often, Pediatric Hospitalists are needed 24 hours a day 7 days a week, leading to great variety in your clinical service needs. Some hospitalists work with residents and/or advanced practice providers such as NPs and PAs, and some work as attending providers without learners.

What is the compensation for a Pediatric Hospitalist?
Compensation for Pediatric Hospitalists is dependent on many variables—including place of employment, years of experience, and often differentials are made for day or night/weekend providers.

Why should I choose to become a Pediatric Hospitalist?
Becoming a Pediatric Hospital Medicine provider may be for you if you enjoy the variety of acute care conditions that lead to admission, as well as leading a team, and working in close collaboration with ancillary staff and subspecialists. Hospital Medicine often provides additional career opportunities including hospital leadership and administration, educational roles in medical schools and residencies, and work in quality improvement, patient safety and clinical research.

Where do I find out about available programs?
Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship Directors have been meeting regularly since 2012 to collaborate and meet the training needs of PHM fellows and of the field at-large. To learn about fellowship programs please visit www.phmfellows.org

For additional information about Pediatric Hospitalists visit: https://healthychildren.org/English/family-life/health-management/pediatric-specialists/pages/What-is-a-Pediatric-Hospitalist.aspx

When do I apply?
There is a common application process for Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship and the match is part of the Fall Subspecialty Match in NRMP. Please visit: www.phmfellows.org for more information.

Why should I choose to become a Pediatric Hospitalist?
Becoming a pediatric Hospital Medicine provider may be for you if you enjoy the variety of acute care conditions that lead to admission, as well as leading a team, and working in close collaboration with ancillary staff and subspecialists. Hospital Medicine provides a great starting point for additional opportunities including Hospital Leadership and Administration, Educational leadership in medical schools and residencies, and quality improvement and patient safety.

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