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Gastroenterology Hospitalist Program

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The role of hospitalists has expanded since the concept was originally introduced to include subspecialty hospitalists. Yale started introducing these physicians in 2021 across Yale New Haven Health hospitals.

The gastroenterology (GI) hospitalists from Yale School of Medicine’s Section of Digestive Diseases are board-certified gastroenterologists who care for patients admitted to the hospital. By focusing solely on hospitalized patients, Yale’s GI hospitalists provide increased efficiency in endoscopic operations, improved interdisciplinary care coordination, and specialty knowledge in the management of GI emergencies and complex gastrointestinal illness to provide more efficient inpatient care, reduce delays and barriers to endoscopy.

As emerging leaders in this new field, Yale School of Medicine’s GI Hospitalists led the first national conference on inpatient gastroenterology in December 2021. “The GI Hospitalist Model: Addressing the Needs of Hospital-Based Care,” which was organized under three themes: the state of inpatient GI care and the role of GI hospitalists; the benefits of GI hospitalists in clinical and non-clinical fields (education and research); and developing a GI hospitalist program.

In March 2022, the team outlined the advantages and challenges of utilizing a hospitalist model in gastroenterology in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. In “Adapting to the Challenge of Hospital-Based Care: The Evolving Role of Gastroenterology Hospitalists,” the authors discuss how having a designated GI hospitalist permits more timely care for acute issues that may arise in the inpatient setting. Adding this role also helps to eliminate disruptions to outpatient and/or endoscopy clinics.