University of Medicine and Health Sciences Presents “Primary Care Spotlight: What is a Hospitalist?”

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Top-rated Caribbean Med School Hosts Panel Discussion Focused on Career Opportunities For Future Doctors

UMHS Hosts Primary Care Spotlight: What is a Hospitalist

“There’s a burden to having a primary care doctor on call all the time. That’s why the hospitalist position was created. I see patients, and then meet with social workers and other people who facilitate talking to insurance companies so I can focus on patient care.”

The University of Medicine and Health Sciences, (UMHS), a small, mission-driven medical school with a commitment to student support and a legacy of successful residency placements in the United States and Canada, has published the video recording of its recent panel discussion, “Primary Care Spotlight: What is a Hospitalist?” The event featured UMHS alumni and brothers Dr. Alejandro Pineda (2014), Lead Hospitalist, VP Chief of Staff, Mountain Vista Medical Center, AZ, and Dr. Juan Camilo Pineda (2017), Hospitalist, Internal Medicine, Emory Decatur Hospital, GA. The discussion focused on what a typical day looks like for a hospitalist, the types of patients the doctors treat, and how compensation and lifestyle compare to other primary care specialties. A recording of the event has been posted to the UMHS Live Events and Meetings page.

UMHS organized the event as part of its “Primary Care Spotlight” series focused on career opportunities for medical students. During the discussion, the two doctors talked about their individual journeys to becoming third-generation doctors, why they chose UMHS, how the practice of internal medicine has evolved, and the role of hospitalists in improving patient outcomes.

“There’s a burden to having a primary care doctor on call all the time. Physicians only have so much rope. That’s why the hospitalist position was created,” said Dr. Juan Camilo Pineda. “I see patients, and then meet with social workers and other people who facilitate talking to insurance companies so I can focus on patient care.”

“A hospitalist is trained in acute medical care and decides if it’s best to get the patients discharged to go home and get well,” added Dr. Alejandro Pineda.

The panelists also described the lifestyle advantages of working as a hospitalist, including the typical schedule of working seven days, followed by seven days off work. They discussed compensation, how their time off is truly their time, and how that arrangement enables them to spend time with family and friends, travel, and recharge.

“Lifestyle is a big plus for being a hospitalist. Being a hospitalist gives me the opportunity to do medicine on my time,” said Dr. Alejandro Pineda.

“Only working half the year is amazing,” added Dr. Juan Camilo Pineda. “Being a hospitalist allows you to become a well-rounded physician and develop a good knowledge base to handle most situations.”

The talk was the latest in a series of livestream events featuring UMHS students, faculty, and alumni sharing their expertise on topics targeted toward current and prospective medical students and healthcare professionals. Past events include:

  • “Alzheimer’s Disease & Exploring Research in Medical School”
  • “Women’s Cancer Awareness: Doctors Discuss Ovarian, Cervical, and Breast Cancer Screening”
  • “Closing the Deaf Gap in Healthcare: Giving a Voice To Deaf Patients”
  • “Rural Medicine: Making a Difference in Underserved Areas”
  • “Non-Traditional Medical Student Livestream: A Student’s Perspective”
  • “LGBTQ+ Medicine & Theory”
  • “Pathways to Practicing Medicine in Canada: UMHS Alumni Share Their Experiences”
  • “UMHS Women in Medicine: A Conversation About the First Year of Residency,”
  • “Cardiology: A Discussion About Cardiac Care & Careers in Cardiology,”
  • “Black Women in Medicine: A Conversation About the Black Experience”
  • “Ask a Microbiologist,” and
  • “Suicide Prevention and the State of Psychiatry”

Links to view all past discussions may be found by visiting the UMHS live events and meetings page.

About UMHS
The University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS), is a small, mission-driven medical school with a commitment to student support and a legacy of successful residency placements in the United States and Canada. UMHS was founded in 2007 by medical education pioneers Warren and Robert Ross to deliver a highly personalized school experience. Graduates of UMHS earn a Doctor of Medicine degree (MD) and qualify to practice medicine throughout the United States and Canada. Students begin their Basic Science studies in St. Kitts, West Indies, and complete their clinical training in the United States. With an unprecedented 96% student retention rate, the vast majority of students that begin their medical studies at UMHS go on to obtain residencies. For more information, visit https://www.umhs-sk.org/.

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