How do I transition to an OBGYN hospitalist?

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We believe an OBGYN hospitalist model will eventually be the standard of care for women in labor. Advancing the field through best practices and sharing our expertise will get us closer to the goal of seeing more successful hospitals and safer care for women. Thank you for submitting your questions. It’s great to receive engaging questions such as this one.


I’m currently an OBGYN doctor.­­­ How do I transition to an OBGYN hospitalist?


Transitioning from a private OBGYN to an OBGYN hospitalist can be a life-changing and rewarding experience. Personally, I was able to become more specialized in the field and regained balance in my life. There are many good reasons to make the switch to an OBGYN hospitalist role. Fortunately, a number of resources are available to help you make the move.


On the National OBGYN Hospitalist Consulting Group website you’ll find many helpful articles. Immerse yourself with related information, such as what a hospitalist role is, and what traits are desirable in a hospitalist. Three pieces that you can start reading are:


The Society of OBGYN Hospitalists (SOGH) is the only medical society dedicated exclusively to advancing the field of OBGYN hospitalist care. They are committed to improving the quality and safety of OBGYN care; part of this work involves defining, expanding and improving the hospitalist model of care. This community provides a trove of information and a fantastic opportunity to network nationally with colleagues and leaders in the field.

As you probably know, the OBGYN hospitalist program is a growing concept. With over 200 programs across the country, likely you will be able to visit one personally. Step into the environment, speak to other OBGYN hospitalists, ask questions, and see what a running program is all about.


Why not take a test drive and transition slowly? Programs are designed on shift work. Continue your private practice work and work a few shifts a month as an hospitalist. In doing so you’ll gain valuable insight and experience as a hospitalist. Determine if the role and team culture is a good match for you.


Graduates of OBGYN residency programs will want to consider applying for a one year OBGYN Hospitalist fellowship. Many programs look to hire OBGYNs with a minimum of 2 to 5 years of experience or more. A new graduate would have a competitive advantage by completing a fellowship from one of the 4 national programs. Our consulting group helped design one of the most recent programs at University of Texas Houston.


Start learning and networking this coming week. The SOGH 8th Annual Clinical Meeting will be held this September 27 to 30 in Cleveland, Ohio. Participate in informative sessions and make new connections. We’ll be attending, so make sure you say hello. Making the move to an OBGYN hospitalist is exciting, and there are many resources that are helpful. We wish you good luck on your journey and welcome you to the community!


– Dr. Brendan Carroll


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