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A Nationwide Survey of Gastroenterology Program Leadership Regarding Implementation of the GI Hospitalist Model

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Academic gastroenterology (GI) hospitalists are increasing, however the impacts on fellowship training and clinical care are unclear. Motivations for implementation of the GI hospitalist model are uninvestigated.


We aimed to determine the prevalence of GI hospitalists, explore motivations for and against adoption of a GIH model, and investigate the model’s effects on fellowship training.


Leadership at current general GI fellowships were surveyed about current staffing models, as well as effects and perceptions of the hospitalist model.


There was a total of 52 (26%) respondents and 12 (23%) reported having a GI hospitalist at their institution. A majority of respondents stated burnout and reduced time on service for other faculty was a primary reason for hiring a GI hospitalist.


The largest perceived benefit of a hospitalist is reduced burnout and time on service for outpatient GI faculty. Many respondents also believed a GIH would improve fellowship education and quality of inpatient care.

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RF was involved in planning/conducting the study, collected and analyzed data and drafted manuscript. MM was involved with planning and conducting the study as well as data collection. MP was involved in planning, conducting, and recruiting participants for the study. WC was involved in planning/conducting the study, data analysis, and drafting the manuscript. DS was involved in design of the study, planning/conducting the study, data analysis, and drafting the manuscript. All authors have reviewed and approved the final manuscript.

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Flanagan, R., Muftah, M., Perencevich, M. et al. A Nationwide Survey of Gastroenterology Program Leadership Regarding Implementation of the GI Hospitalist Model. Dig Dis Sci 68, 1714–1717 (2023).

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