Tonight, just prior to the kickoff of the Cowboys game (regionally required viewing) one of our hospitalists stopped by the ED, with the following pronouncement:
“The game’s about to start, so it might take a while for me to call back.”
To which I gave the only reply an ED doc can:
“Okay, call when you can and I’ll tell you how many I admitted to you.”
He called back very quickly, I must say.
For the record, I very much prefer working with hospitalists rather than the olden days of community physicians who admitted their own patients; I don’t have to advocate for a patients’ admission nearly as much with hospitalists versus the private physicians. (And there are exceptions to every rule; right now I know of two private docs who are wonderful to call: encyclopedic knowledge of their patients and their problems, helpful, etc). Kudos to my hospitalist colleagues.