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The team’s approach to diagnosis depends on the symptoms experienced by each patient. First, a Hospital Medicine Program physician conducts a full physical examination and obtains a thorough medical history from the patient. Next, based on this information, the team orders the appropriate medical tests, which may include:
In some cases, when the diagnosis is not clear, the team may order additional tests, which may include:
After the diagnosis is confirmed, the Hospital Medicine Program team discusses the findings with the care team and the patient, before starting him or her on an appropriate, individualized treatment plan.
The Hospital Medicine Program is comprised of consultants, specialist physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. Their focus and expertise is in hospitalized patients and do not have outpatient clinics. Caregivers involved in patient care for this program are: