If you are admitted to the hospital for medical treatment, you will have an expert team of healthcare professionals caring for you. This team will be led by a physician.
Your attending doctor is the leader of your health care team, and he or she may be assisted by residents (doctors who are receiving additional training). Here are descriptions of ways that your doctor might be described:
HOSPITALISTS: Most patients are seen by a member of our inpatient team also known as a “hospitalist.” A hospitalist is a physician (or a nurse practitioner) who specializes in the care of hospitalized patients whose primary care physicians do not see patients at the hospital. Our inpatient team works together to ensure that patients receive the best care possible. Please note hospitalists do not have outside offices and cannot refill medications or authorize referrals.
INTENSIVISTS: If you are a patient in the critical care unit, your doctor is an “intensivist,” which is a hospital-based critical care physician who specializes in the care and treatment of patients needing critical care.
LABORISTS: If you are a patient in the Family Birthing Center, you will be assisted by a “laborist,” who is a hospital-based physician who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology.