As there are many types of healthcare facilities in the United States, there are also various types of doctors that patients need. It’s not just about their field of specialization such as cardiologist, dermatologist, oncologist and the like. Doctors are also differentiated by the level of their involvement with patient care.
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Attending doctors – in charge of a patient’s specific treatment during hospitalization as primary care physician. This care also extends to outpatient cases.
Resident doctors – they have passed licensee and accreditation of the medical profession and are considered MD’s but are still in training in an actual hospital setting under the guidance of an attending physician.
In-patient physician – specialized in the general care and safety of patients in a hospital. Emergency Staffing Solutions says that while they may be internists, pediatricians or family physicians, in-patient physician can refocus their specialization beyond specific private practice in taking care not only of patients but people and processes in a hospital setting.
The In-patient physician
The unique role of in-patient physician is now being recognized as beyond simply filling in when the attending physician is not around. Their functions are considered necessary in various treatment facilities be it conventional hospitals, emergency care units, or hybrid operating rooms equipped with advanced medical devices. Their role is a unique one in that they perform broader tasks including treatment research and improvement, facility leadership, teaching or combination of these activities.
An in-patient physician enables the environment of a home space compared to a treatment space for patients as well as a patient-centered space instead of a work space for medical professionals and personnel in a healthcare facility.
Benefits of Having an In-patient Physician
- More convenient and efficient as patients do not have to wait or go back another day when the primary care physician is not around.
- Lesser costs for patients compared to having a primary care doctor.
- Patient safety is assured while in the facility as there is a more coordinated care.
Healthcare facility owners and managers will do well to partner with organizations that can fill the need for in-patient physician. They can also have allied medical staff to ensure their facilities evolve with the changing needs of patients and the healthcare environment.