Hospitalist Fellowship Program
In 2011, Spartanburg Regional Inpatient Specialists, in collaboration with Spartanburg Family Medicine Residency, began offering a one-year fellowship for family medicine graduates interested in pursuing a career as a hospitalist. Based on our initial success, we have expanded our fellowship to two fellows/year.
Fewer than four percent of U.S. hospitalists are family medicine graduates, with the vast majority being BC/BE in internal medicine. Yet there continues to be a shortage of hospitalist across the nation. There are many hospitalist programs that limit their hiring to internal medicine graduates only or require additional fellowship training. We began this fellowship to give Family Medicine graduates an additional year of intensive inpatient and critical care experience in order to excel in the field of Hospital Medicine, and expand job opportunities for our graduates.
The Hospitalist Fellowship at Spartanburg Regional Hospital provides graduates with the experience needed to meet the credentialing and clinical qualifications that many hospitalist programs require. Fellows will train at Spartanburg Medical Center, a 540-bed teaching and research hospital. Fellows will have the opportunity to sharpen their skills in a variety of Spartanburg Regional's specialized settings including the Heart and Cancer centers, three different intensive care units and with inpatient hospice. By participating in a multitude of hospital processes including quality improvement, utilization review, and medical education, fellows will be guided by a team of highly qualified and engaged physicians who are passionate about numerous aspects of hospitalist care. A specially selected group of Spartanburg Regional inpatient specialist members participate as preceptors for the fellowship and are involved in teaching medical students as well. In addition, subspecialty faculty serves as preceptors for rotations that include cardiology, nephrology and critical care.