Letter from the Editor

As in-hospital treatment for complicated neurological conditions has expanded, the number of community neurologists who take call has declined. This has put hospital-based neurologists##mdash;neurohospitalists##mdash;in hot demand, and they're likely to stay there as the population ages.


As the number of in-hospital treatments for complicated neurological conditions has expanded in the last several years, the number of community neurologists who take call has declined. This has put hospital-based neurologists—neurohospitalists—in hot demand, and they're likely to stay there as the population ages. In this issue, writer Janet Colwell takes a look at some of the different models hospitals have adopted to incorporate neurohospitalist care. She also explains the kind of work neurohospitalists perform most routinely, and the career track for specializing in this burgeoning field.

This issue also includes our coverage of the Society of Hospital Medicine's annual meeting, held in April. Read on for summaries of the latest science and practice related to Clostridium difficile infection , MRSA, end-of-life care and medical consultation, as well as a crash course in documentation that will help your hospital get appropriately reimbursed for the care you provide. Meanwhile, our Success Story describes an innovative program at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Ariz. for training physician assistants in hospital medicine. And a chance encounter with an old buddy prompts editorial advisor Jamie Newman to reminisce about patients he last saw when Ronald Reagan was president.

Last but not least, we're seeking candidates for our third annual Top Hospitalists issue, which will honor 10 hospitalists' work in 2010. Do you have a colleague who always goes out of her way to put patients at ease, or mentor new physicians? Maybe a fellow doc solved a tricky diagnostic or throughput problem, or took charge of a safety initiative. Whatever the feat, if it helped advance hospital medicine, we'd like to hear about it. Visit our online form to nominate a colleague.

As always, we welcome your thoughts and feedback on this or any other issue.

Sincerely,
Jessica Berthold
Editor, ACP Hospitalist