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Oh and Jung: Development of the role of teaching hospitalists in the education of residents


Resident law was enacted to improve the training environment and working conditions. However, the law caused confusion in the field and resulted in a medical vacuum in inpatient care. It also resulted in a lack of training time. A hospitalist system was introduced to improve the quality of patient care and to cover the shortage of residents. This study aimed to outline a development strategy for hospitalists participation in resident education in Korea. The result of pilot study of the hospitalists in Korea showed that patients, nurses, and residents were satisfied with hospitalists. Eighty-five percent of surgical residents were helped in postoperative patient care and 70.7% of residents were willing to work with a hospitalist. The competency of surgical hospitalists includes understanding surgery and the appropriate management of postoperative complications. In order to shift the paradigm of resident education, the Korean government must pay the expenses for resident training. Through hospitalists’ participation in the resident training, it may be possible to provide residents with more comprehensive and continuous education for inpatient care.


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