The field of OB/GYN hospital medicine is new, but expanding exponentially. First described in 2002, it is estimated that there are more than 275 OB/GYN hospitalist programs in the United States today, with one to two new programs added each month. Despite this rapid growth, there is a paucity of high-quality, easily approachable, and comprehensive medical education materials available for OB/GYN hospitalists.
The rising cost of litigation from OB/GYN complications and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have made patient safety one of the most critical concerns of hospitals nationwide. At the same time, there is a growing trend for establishing a better work-life balance for physicians. This confluence has created the perfect environment for the burgeoning field of OB/GYN hospital medicine, which enhances patient safety and clinical outcomes while improving physician satisfaction. Hospitals are eager to start their own programs, physicians are excited to become part of this field, and they can now use this textbook as a medical resource.
We envision this textbook as the critical foundation for every medical school, residency program, OB/GYN, and hospital looking to take advantage of this emerging field. It provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of OB/GYN hospital medicine encompassing clinical practice, as well as program development and business models. The book lays out the necessary steps to ensure that new programs operate seamlessly within the hospital, and it will be an important tool to help ensure that physicians, nurses, administrators, and staff understand how to make the most of a hospitalist program. To stay on the cutting edge, this textbook is available both in print and online, with associated surgical videos.
The Society of OB/GYN Hospitalists (SOGH) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to improving outcomes for hospitalized women.
The SOGH Board of Directors considers this publication to be of educational value to its members. Although the SOGH may not agree with every recommendation or statement in the publication, we support the scholarly efforts and find the OB/GYN Hospital Medicine: Principles and Practice to be in line with our mission.
For more information about the SOGH visit us at www.societyofobgynhospitalists.org
Editors' Note: The following practice updates were released just prior to publication and are included here due to space constraints in the respective chapters.