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Welcome to the Division of Hospital Medicine, the largest Division within the Department of Internal Medicine and the engine that drives our institution’s clinical and education program. The faculty within the Division specializes in the comprehensive care of hospitalized patients from the moment the decision is made that a patient needs to be admitted through discharge and beyond. With more than 75 physician and advanced practice providers within the VCU Health System, we meet the needs of our patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year at VCU Medical Center in downtown Richmond, at Tappahannock Hospital, and at Sheltering-Arms Institute. The Division also educates the largest amount of medical students at Virginia Commonwealth University and residents in the internal medicine residency program while also precepting advanced practice learners. We are committed to providing high-quality, compassionate care, training the next generation of healthcare practitioners, and enhancing the care of our population.
Division of Hospital Medicine
Learn more about our clinical services.
The Division of Hospital Medicine provides these clinical services through the VCU Medical Campus.
This service takes care of approximately 25% of all patients admitted to the hospital. The service consists of 8 rounding teams; each team consists of a physician and a nurse practitioner. This service also provides clinical teaching to fourth year medical students during their medicine rotation. All hospitalists rotate through this service. Majority of the patients on a given team are geographically located. As each medicine floor has the capability to provide intermediate (or step-down) care, each team may have some intermediate care patients. Two medical directors: Drs. Alexander Rittenberg (Medical Director for N1, N2, N5, and 8W), Benjamin Chopski (Medical Director for Hospital Medicine Geographic Units, N6, N9, CSBC) in concert with nurse managers of the floors support clinical care.
Academic hospitalists rotate through three (out of five) formal general internal medicine teaching teams; each team is staffed by one Internal Medicine resident and two interns or by two PGY2 internal medicine residents without interns (ward managers). Each team also has third year medical students. Almost all patients on each team are geographically located to provide better teamwork and communication.
One team provides inpatient general medicine consultation to patients admitted on non-medicine services. This team consists of an academic hospitalist attending, a resident, an intern, and 1-2 medical student(s). Currently, we provide co-management service to a select group of patients on the Orthopedic Service. Dr. Candice Lee is the Director of the General Medicine Consult Service.
We have a unique relationship with our Emergency Medicine colleagues maintained by the presence of the Medical Admitting Attending (MAA). This Hospitalist is stationed in the ED and serves as a liaison between the inpatient medicine teams, Emergency Department, and outside hospital transfers. The MAA receives and assesses patients from ED providers, facilitate their early care, and decide their disposition. Similarly, MAA receives transfer calls from regional hospitals, determines the appropriateness of transfer, and when appropriate accepts patients on behalf of medicine teams.
The Medicine Procedure consult service was established in July 2016 to further the service, throughput, and academic mission of the Hospital Medicine. This team provides high quality, safe, and efficient bedside procedure services to adult inpatients at VCU Health. A small group of highly skilled and trained hospitalists rotate through this service along with at least one junior resident (PGY-2). The rotation is also offered to IM-Peds residents and Internal Medicine PGY-3 residents as an elective. During their two week rotation, residents train on a simulation based model, provide consultative services, triage and perform supervised bedside procedures, such as central venous lines, lumbar punctures, abdominal paracentesis, and knee arthrocentesis. Residents are also taught the use of ultrasound for bedside procedures. Dr. Evan Ritter is the medical director for this service.
The GME night medicine service provides teaching and supervision of the internal medicine night float residents. GME night medicine curriculum includes formal midnight report (similar to morning report in structure) as well as informal bedside teaching. In addition, GME night medicine faculty independently covers 8 teaching teams for two nights per week when residents are off. One hospitalist attending staffs this team during the resident covered nights while two hospitalists staff this service when residents are off. Dr. Tim Johnson is the liaison for this service to the residency program.
Hospital Medicine attending also provide coverage to the Palliative Care Medicine and Geriatrics Consult service during evening and nights. In addition, hospitalists are also the responsible physicians for in-hospital codes. Several hospitalists hold senior leadership positions within the institution including Associate Chief Medical Officer (Dr. Heather Masters), Medical Director, TeleHealth (Dr. Vimal Mishra), Medication Safety Co-Chair (Dr. Melissa Chouinard), and Associate Chair for Quality Department of Medicine (Dr. Georgia McIntosh).
Learn more about our cutting edge research.
The research conducted at the Division of Hospital Medicine at the Virginia Commonwealth University is diverse. The diversity of research interests of our hospitalists is reflected in research studies that are currently underway within the Division of Hospital Medicine.
Division of Hospital Medicine
Division of Hospital Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
Richmond, VA 23298
Alan W. Dow, MD, MSHA
Interim - Division Chair
Jessica Keiser, MD
Division Associate Chair for Clinical Operations
Kimberly Pedram, MD
Division Associate Chair for Medical Education
Phone: (804) 628-3624