New year, new career: Top 5 reasons to become an OB hospitalist

By OBHG Marketing on January 16th, 2018

A brand new year is the perfect time to evaluate your life and contemplate changes you'd like to make. If you've been curious about the benefits of hospitalist medicine, read on!

1) You can leave burnout behind

Is it time to get a life? If you’re currently in private practice, a switch to hospitalist medicine means leaving weighty administrative burdens behind, along with worries about liability and the financial stress that comes with running a business.

OB/GYNs who maintain crazy work hours and feel that they are being pulled in a million directions at once often suffer from burnout. If your batteries are running low, OBHG hospitalist Dr. Nahille Natour feels your pain. She’s written about her own experience with burnout for industry site Fierce Healthcare, and now she helps other physicians restore balance in their lives.

Aside from exhaustion or burnout, one of the most common reasons doctors consider a move to hospitalist work is the chance for more quality time with family. If your spouse, children or friends have practically forgotten what you look like, it may be time to consider a change!

2) There are lots of opportunities to develop your leadership chops

Becoming a hospitalist does not mean giving up autonomy or influence. Many OBHG positions offer opportunities for advancement within the company, and our physicians often serve on committees at their hospitals, join community non-profit boards, or take on new roles for professional associations like SOGH or ACOOG.

Or maybe your idea of leadership involves sharing your knowledge and molding young minds?

Some of our physicians are able to introduce rotating medical students to the OB/GYN field, work closely with residents learning the ropes, or apply for faculty appointments at affiliate medical schools. If you’re interested in participating in education, let your recruiter know so the two of you can determine which program would be the best fit.

3) Your role helps improve patient safety for pregnant women

Our founder, Dr. Chris Swain, created the original comprehensive OB/GYN hospitalist model to ensure that every pregnant woman who presented to the hospital would be seen by an experienced obstetrician.

Our hospitalists are on hand 24-7 to triage patients, support nurses and residents, and handle any obstetrical emergency that comes through the door.

While our clinicians are often able to rediscover joy in their personal lives, they are also able to lighten the load for private practice physicians, who can decide on a case-by-case basis how they wish to utilize hospitalist services. OBHG senior director of medical operations Dr. Charles Jaynes recently published an article on KevinMD explaining how effective collaboration among hospitalists and attending OBs can significantly improve patient safety.

And Dr. Todd Bashuk, team lead at one of our hospital programs in Arkansas, talked with us about how he's seen his obstetric emergency department reduce liability concerns for the hospital and enhance the standard of care for patients - especially those who are most at risk.

4) You’ll enjoy a large and diverse network of support

OBHG offers an array of physician resources – for continuing education, clinical and social discussions, and peer-to-peer networking.

Our custom community site, OB Exchange, is accessible only to our clinicians. Blog posts about what fellow hospitalists are up to, new perks, an active forum, handy administrative information and more - all included in one convenient online space.

More than 600 highly skilled OB/GYNs have already chosen OBHG as their employer, and we are adding new programs and positions all the time! You can get to know some our hospitalists by perusing the personal stories they've shared.

5) You’ll have time to explore your non-work passions

It’s been said that medicine is an art and a science, which explains why many physicians have a wonderfully creative side. Whether you’re thinking of finally starting the blog you’ve been contemplating for years, taking up the guitar again, learning Irish folk dancing, or creating your own artisan jewelry – as a hospitalist your schedule will allow you to revisit those interests that have been lying dormant since college.

OBHG tends to attract service-minded OBs, so it’s no surprise that a number of our doctors choose to join mission trips or help out in local clinics during their off hours.

Hospitalist Dr. Lisbeth Jordan, for example, recently traveled to Brazil to help educate and empower teenage girls.

If you’re driven to improve health and health care for underserved patients and vulnerable populations close to home or across the globe, hospitalist medicine can give you the best of both worlds – a rewarding full or part-time career and the freedom to explore altruistic endeavors.

Our friendly clinical recruiters are always interested in talking with experienced OB/GYNs and certified nurse-midwives about what the OBHG team has to offer. We encourage you to contact your recruiter today!