The Division of Hospital Medicine (DHM) is integrally involved with patient care, quality improvement and patient care initiatives, house staff and medical student education, and research and scholarship. Our physicians are top clinicians and academic hospitalists and are focused on advancing the care of patients at Mount Sinai and nationally.
The hospitalist program encompasses clinical care at two hospitals –Mount Sinai Hospital (MSH) in Manhattan and Mount Sinai Hospital Queens (MSHQ) in Astoria, Queens. Though hospitalists at the two programs do not overlap clinically, the groups collaborate in quality improvement initiatives and scholarly projects.
Hospital and Medical School Leadership
Many members of our team hold important leadership roles throughout the Department of Medicine and the institution in recognition of the central role they play in patient care and education. These include:
- Unit Medical Directors – Three hospitalist- directed medical wards
- Chair, Anticoagulation Safety / VTE Prevention Committee
- Co-Chair, Patient Education Committee
- Physician Leader, EMR Optimization
- Associate Program Director (APD), IM Residency Program
- 3rd Year Clerkship Director
- Subinternship Co-Director
Goals of the Division
- Provide outstanding care to patients throughout the medical and non-medical services in an efficient and patient-centered manner
- Recruit and retain exceptional hospitalists
- Train future generations of hospitalists as academic leaders
- Perform meaningful research and scholarly projects on clinical and educational topics that advance the field of hospital medicine and the education of future inpatient physicians.
The foundation of any successful hospitalist program is the delivery of outstanding care in an efficient and patient-centered manner. The Division of Hospital Medicine plays a central role in the clinical care of patients throughout Mount Sinai Hospital. DHM provides a large portion of the coverage for the:
- Teaching Medicine Service
- Non-teaching Service (known as the Attending Directed Service – ADS)
- Medical Consult Service
- Co-Management program
- Pre-Op Center
The tremendous growth of the hospitalist service has been due to recognition of the increased need for specialists in inpatient medicine and of the outstanding care and teaching provided by our team. The management of mild acute manifestations of disease has largely shifted from the inpatient to outpatient setting, leaving only the most acutely ill within the hospital. Caring for today’s hospitalized patients requires a cadre of physicians with extensive experience, knowledge, and skills specific to inpatient care.
At an academic medical center, our mission extends beyond direct patient care and includes developing innovative methods to improve quality and enhance patient safety. Many of our physicians are leading important institutional initiatives. Just a few examples are efforts to:
- improve pain control
- enhance patient satisfaction
- decrease the incidence of VTE
- optimize use of our EMR to enhance safety.
Our hospitalists are the primary educators on the inpatient general medicine service. Teaching occurs during structured bedside rounds each morning as well as other venues throughout each block. Our group developed a novel track within the Internal Medicine residency program – the Healthcare Leadership Track (HLT). In addition, hospitalists play key roles in the medical school’s Art & Science of Medicine course and have leadership positions directing the 3rd year clerkship and the subinternship.
Research & Scholarship
We aim to advance the field of hospital medicine through performance of important research on novel ways of providing clinical care, enhancing the efficiency of care and the patient experience, and on innovative educational endeavors. Some of these scholarly endeavors are:
- The Mid-Atlantic Hospital Medicine Symposium - A national Hospital Medicine Symposium each Fall;
- Essentials of Hospital Medicine - A textbook of Hospital Medicine edited by the Chief of Mount Sinai’s DHM and written by experts from our Division and as well as national leaders in hospital medicine;
- Grant funding: studies include use of standardized patients on hospitalist communication, redesigning interdisciplinary rounds;
- Research on prevention of hospital-acquired VTE;
- Multiple posters and presentations at the annual SHM meeting
The Division of Hospital Medicine brings together a talented, dedicated group of hospitalists and staff aimed at providing high quality patient care, training the next generation of inpatient leaders conducting innovative research and being academic leaders. I invite you to explore our website and contact us for more information.
Andrew S. Dunn, MD, FACP, SFHM
Acting Chief, Division of Hospital Medicine
Division of Hospital Medicine
One Gustave L. Levy Place
New York, NY 10029