We all know primary physicians are busy, and that's why St. Alexius is teaming up with the University of North Dakota to offer a hospitalist fellowship program that's one of kind.
(Mark Charter, Reporting): The program is geared to help lighten the load for primary doctors. I spoke with hospitalists at St. A's earlier today, and they say it's been a good experience so far. If you’re a patient in a hospital. It's late at night and you need medical care from your doctor, but, what happens when they're not available? Well, that's why hospitals, like St. Alexius have hospitalists.
(Dr. Shiraz Hyder , St. Alexius Medical Director): “Hospitalists are primary care physicians that specialize in taking care of in-patient patients that are hospitalized because they have a unique set of medical care needs.”
(Charter): Now, St. A's is offering a hospitalist fellowship program for Internal Medicine or Family Practice doctors who are looking for more training after their residency. It's the only program in the region.
(Dr. Hyder): "It provides them with one more year of additional experience, education and training so they are more confident and competent in taking care of in-patient care needs.”
And speaking of physicians, those who have been through this program say it's been pretty rigorous, but it's all about getting the experience.
(Dr. Kim , St. Alexius Hospitalist): "The fellow usually ends up seeing eight to ten patients on a busy day. And we are in charge of rounding on those patients, and then writing progress notes every day and then doing new admissions and discharges.”
(Charter): And if you're worried about receiving the same care from a hospitalist that you would from your primary physician, don't. The name of the game here is communication. And because hospitalists are on hand 24/7, doctors say, it's making everyone happy.
(Hyder): "It improves patient and family satisfaction, it improves nurse satisfaction, because now, nurses don't have to page and wait for a physician to come and round and see the patient.”
(Charter): It's a program that's making hospitals more efficient and more important, improving patient care.
Mark Charter, Reporting