Hospitalists are board-certified physicians, usually family medicine or internal medicine practitioners, who specialize in caring for hospitalized patients.
During their hospital stay, many patients are referred to a hospitalist by their primary care doctor. When the patients leave the hospital, they return to the care of their primary doctor.
Hospitalists also care for patients in the hospital who have no primary doctor.
Cambridge Medical Center has a team of hospitalists that provide care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for patients who are hospitalized.