November 14, 2008

Hospitalists and the Future of Medical Training Are the Focus of October’s Current Clinical Practice

MONTVALE, N.J., Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The Journal of Family Practice Special Edition: Current Clinical Practice and its companion issue Current Clinical Practice for internal medicine looks at how new paradigms in medicine are improving medical practice and patient care.

An article by Laurence Wellikson, MD, CEO of the Society of Hospital Medicine, provides an overview of the hospitalist model and how it works in collaboration with primary care. "The hospitalist model has been working. The expertise hospitalists have gained through the daily performance of their unique duties has enable primary care physicians to speak confidently when telling patients they trust hospitalist just as they do other types of consulting specialists," says Dr Wellikson.

Fred Edwards, MD, chair of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Workforce on National Databases reports on how his group is using performance databases to identify the successes and unintended consequences of surgery. Dr Edwards advises, "We should recognize that to improve quality, we must be able to measure quality. Clearly the most expedient approach to quality measurement is through the routine use of clinical databases."

Highlighted in the October editions is an essay that asks, "What will it take to train the doctors of tomorrow?" by Lawrence Smith, MD, founding dean of the Hofstra University School of Medicine, slated to open in 2011. According to Dr Smith, "The physician of the future will need to combine high-tech medicine with high-touch caring." Medical schools will have to realign the core values of medicine to keep up with these ever-increasing demands.

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