In response to Dr Perlroth, we agree with his conclusion that our findings dampen enthusiasm for populating academic programs exclusively with hospitalists attending 10 months annually.1 Not only is there no advantage in outcome, the lifestyle is not sustainable over the long term. This feature may be of critical importance if we are to realize the full beneficial effect on outcome from the proper utilization of hospitalists.
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