Letter from the Editor

This issue is devoted to the transition from student to full-fledged doctor.


Starting any new job can be stressful, but starting a new career—as many hospitalists are doing this month—can be downright scary. Our issue this month is devoted to that transition from student to full-fledged doctor, with a cover story that offers advice from seasoned hospitalists on how to succeed. From finding mentors to dealing with hospital administrators, we've got you covered. Along the same lines, our feature story discusses which devices—tablets, smartphones, laptops?—and apps are most useful to new hospitalists, and which ones can be avoided. Our Perspectives article coaches new doctors on how to get the most out of formal work meetings, and maybe even enjoy them a little. And ACP Member Adam D. Singer, MD, the founder of hospitalist company IPC, offers his inside views on current and future trends in hospital medicine. For a slightly different perspective, humor columnist Jamie Newman, MD, FACP, clues us in on what it's like to have a hospital full of newbies—from the patient's point of view.

In clinical coverage, two articles from the American College of Cardiology's 2012 conference examine how to correctly use and interpret cardiac biomarkers, and whether telemedicine can help reduce hospitalizations for heart failure. Test Yourself also focuses on cardiac biomarkers, while our Coding Corner column discusses how to document for the hospitalist physical exam for E&M.

Today's new hospitalists will become tomorrow's seasoned hospitalists, and thus ideal candidates for our annual Top Docs issue. If you'd like to nominate an exceptional colleague to be featured in our fifth Top Hospitalists issue this November, visit our online form before July 23. We always look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,
Jessica Berthold Editor
ACP Hospitalist