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April 24, 2002

Advantages and Limitations of the Hospitalist Movement

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Copyright 2002 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2002

JAMA. 2002;287(16):2073-2076. doi:10.1001/jama.287.16.2073

To the Editor: Although Drs Wachter and Goldman1 do not confine the training of hospitalists to the exclusive province of internal medicine, I am concerned that, increasingly, classified advertisements in medical journals stipulate that the hospitalists be board eligible or certified in internal medicine to the exclusion of other specialties such as family practice. For example, when I visited the classified advertising section of the American Medical Association Web site2 on February 19, 2002, 5 of 6 posted hospitalist positions required board eligibility or certification in internal medicine. This unfairly restricts the options of family physicians interested in a hospitalist career.

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