A physician who specializes in the practice of hospital medicine is a hospitalist. Following medical school, hospitalists typically undergo residency training in general internal medicine, general pediatrics or family practice but may also receive training in other medical disciplines. Some hospitalists undergo additional post-residency training specifically focused on hospital medicine or acquire other indicators of expertise in the field, such as the Society of Hospital Medicine’s Fellowship in Hospital Medicine (FHM) or the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Recognition of Focused Practice (RFP) in Hospital Medicine.1
1. Society of Hospital Medicine. 2011-07-28. URL:http://www.hospitalmedicine.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Hospitalist_Definition&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=24835. Accessed: 2011-07-28.