I’m encouraged to see a growing interest in treating and at least understanding autism amongst hospitalists. These hospital medicine physicians are stretched pretty thin as is, what with having to care for all types of hospitalized patients. So it’s understandable if their clinical attention may not have the mental room for high levels of engagement with autistic patients. In particular I’m hearing pediatric hospitalist are taking charge and swallowing the fact that autism rates are on the rise and treating these patients does require much more time and training. Randall Children’s Hospital in Portland states clearly in their job posting positions that pediatric hospitalists will “see a broad range of developmental disorders including autism and intellectual disabilities.” Many other hospitals appear to have at least one hospitalist as the “go to guy” to meet with autistic patients. And the other resident hospital medicine professionals are showing great interest in picking the brain of these local leaders. Can we say job security? 🙂





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