The Division of Hospital Medicine is a national leader in clinical care, education, and research.
Hospitalists care for inpatients on the general medicine service at the UCSF Medical Center , Mt. Zion Medical Service, and San Francisco General Hospital as well as on the general medical consult service, palliative care service, neurosurgery comanagement service, oncology hospitalist service, congestive heart failure hospitalist service, and procedure service. In addition to their clinical work, the Division of Hospital Medicine focuses on excellence in teaching, research, and quality improvement.
The Division has achieved a remarkable number of "firsts" in hospital medicine:
- Coined the term hospitalist (in a 1996 article by Robert Wachter and Lee Goldman in the New England Journal of Medicine)
- Published the first peer-reviewed paper on hospitalists' positive impact on clinical care in Annals of Internal Medicine
- Hosted the first hospital medicine CME course in 1997; the course remains the nation's most popular and is now in its 15th year
- Edited the field's main textbook, Hospital Medicine
- Established the nation's first hospital medicine fellowship
- Established one of the most highly respected inpatient palliative care services in the United States, now the site of a national palliative care leadership center
- Edit the major case-based series on End of Life care in the United States, Perspectives of Care at the Close of Life, in JAMA
- Edit the first case-based series on medical errors ("Quality Grand Rounds" in the Annals of Internal Medicine), the popular journal on medical errors, AHRQ WebM&M and the federal medical errors portal, AHRQ Patient Safety Network, and wrote the bestselling book on medical errors, Internal Bleeding: The Truth Behind Americas Terrifying Epidemic of Medical Mistakes
- Helped found the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM); two of the society's first eight presidents (Robert Wachter and Steven Pantilat) are from the UCSF Division of Hospital Medicine
- Two members (Andrew Auerbach, Margaret Fang) have received the Society of Hospital Medicine Award for Excellence in Research and Adrienne Green received the SHM Award for Clinical Excellence
- Launched the first Hospitalist Mini-College in 2008
Over the past few years, articles describing the program have appeared in virtually every major medical publication, along with the New York Times, the LA Times, and the Washington Post.