Research and other passions of hospitalists

This issue looks at hospitalist investigators, mid-career satisfaction, hospital-acquired infections, and medical eponyms, among other topics.


Do you know a lot of hospitalists who conduct research? This month's main story looks into why the answer to that question is likely no. Hospitalist investigators describe the many barriers to joining their ranks—both long-standing ones and new pandemic challenges—and offer some ideas for ameliorating the situation.

Research is one of the many passions that keep hospitalists engaged in their jobs. A feature story in this issue gathers some other examples from experienced hospitalists. All of these physicians hit points where a shift in focus or location or responsibilities helped them to stay energized about their careers in hospital medicine. Hopefully their advice can help others avoid burnout after a tough year.

It was a difficult year in infection prevention, too. While everyone was tackling one particular bug, another retook some ground in hospitals. Our article reports on how central line-associated bloodstream infections increased during the pandemic. It's entirely understandable, but experts have some steps hospitalists can take to fight back against this hospital-acquired infection. A related Test Yourself offers questions on health care-associated infections from MKSAP 18 and this month's Coding Corner focuses on catheter-associated urinary tract infections.

In additional clinical coverage, we have an Expert Analysis covering irradiation of blood products to avoid transfusion-associated graft-versus-host disease. On the social side, a feature story studies medical eponyms and our Q&A describes how a pair of residents worked to focus their educational activities on fighting bias and racism. What topics do you think ACP Hospitalist should focus on? Let us know at acphospitalist@acponline.org.

Sincerely,
Stacey Butterfield
Editor-in-Chief