The result, said Dr. Greeno, is that hospital medicine stands unique among physician specialties. “We as a specialty are in a very enviable position as we move into the post–health care reform era. More than any other specialty in the history of medicine, we are not expected to p
“Colleagues honor us by trusting us with their patients’ care … but we need to be aware that they are watching us and judging whether we are living up to our promises,” Dr. Greeno said. “So we need to be asking ourselves some tough questions. Perhaps we’re becoming too self-satisfied. Perhaps we are starting to believe our own press.”
Without an appetite for innovation as well as hard work, hospitalists could risk becoming “highly paid worker bees,” said Dr. Greeno.