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Is there a difference between a hospitalist and an attending physician?
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Dr. Timothy Puri
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not usually
A Hospitalist usually acts as an attending physician when you are under their care.
However they can also be a consulting physician if you are in the hospital under the care of a physician of a different specialty like Surgery or Ob-Gyn. It all depends what your illness is and who is primarily treating you.

In brief: Not usually
A Hospitalist usually acts as an attending physician when you are under their care.
However they can also be a consulting physician if you are in the hospital under the care of a physician of a different specialty like Surgery or Ob-Gyn. It all depends what your illness is and who is primarily treating you.
Dr. Timothy Puri
Dr. Timothy Puri
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Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
In brief: Hospitalist
Hospitalists are specialized physicians who take care of inpatients.
They may be internists for internal medicine patients, pediatrist for children and surgeons for surgical patients? They coordinate the care and upon discharge they contact the primary care physician and update the details. Not much of a difference.

In brief: Hospitalist
Hospitalists are specialized physicians who take care of inpatients.
They may be internists for internal medicine patients, pediatrist for children and surgeons for surgical patients? They coordinate the care and upon discharge they contact the primary care physician and update the details. Not much of a difference.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao
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Dr. Gena Kluwe
Your Hospitalist physician is your attending physician. If you are a patient in a university hospital and have resident physicians that see you, you may hear them speak of " the attending physician" which refers to the physician in charge of them and who oversees your care. Residents and interns are NOT attendings and they are NOT Hospitalists. They are still in training.
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