Children's Hospital Inpatient Services | Clinician Resources

It's predicted that, by 2010, hospitalist medicine will be the largest specialty in medicine. Nationally, Children's Hospital Inpatient Service (CHIPS) is one of the true leaders in the pediatric hospitalist movement. 


Created in 1998, CHIPS was one of the first pediatric hospitalist programs in the United States. CHIPS provides full-time, inpatient general pediatric coverage for community physicians who prefer to have a Boston Children's Hospital attending physician care for their patients while they are hospitalized at Boston Children's. CHIPS is part of the Division of General Pediatrics.

CHIPS is staffed by pediatric hospitalists who provide referring physicians with timely updates on their patients and are available by page to discuss patient issues. Furthermore, our team members are available for consultations. The CHIPS program is committed to outstanding clinical care of the hospitalized general pediatric patient, education of our housestaff and medical students, performing clinical research in the growing field of pediatric hospital medicine and communication with our referring providers.

Since its inception, the patient volume on this service has steadily grown, and now accounts for more than 85 percent of general pediatric admissions.

CHIPS and professional leadership

CHIPS is the leading U.S. pediatric hospitalist program with regard to research focusing on the structure, processes and outcomes of pediatric hospital care.

Our program is well-suited to physicians interested in hospitalist medicine within an academic setting, with areas of focus including outcomes, research, improving systems and processes of care, reducing errors, and medical education. Boston Children's is also home to a hospitalist program for those interested in community-based hospital care, housed within our Division of Emergency Medicine and led by Karen Gruskin, MD.

To learn more about CHIPS, please contact Vincent Chiang, MD, Chief of Inpatient Services, at 617-355-7584.

Further reading 

  1. McBride SC, Chiang VW, Goldmann DA, Landrigan, CP. Preventable Adverse Events in Infants Hospitalized with Bronchiolitis. Pediatrics 2005;116:603-8.


  2. Landrigan CP, Rothschild JM, Cronin JW, Kaushal R, Burdick E, Katz JT, Lilly CM, Stone PH, Lockley SW, Bates DW, Czeisler CA. Effect of reducing interns' work hours on serious medical errors in intensive care units. N Engl J Med. 2004 Oct 28;351(18):1838-48.


  3. Landrigan CP, Muret-Wagstaff S, Chiang VW, Nigrin DJ, Goldmann DA, Finkelstein JA. Effect of a Pediatric Hospitalist System on Housestaff Education and Experience. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2002;156:877-883.


  4. Landrigan CP, Conway PH, Edwards S, Srivastava R. Pediatric Hospitalists: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Pediatrics Vol. 117 No. 5 May 2006, pp. 1736-1744


  5. Pelletier AJ, Mansbach JM, Camargo CA. Direct Medical Costs of Bronchiolitis Hospitalizations in the United States. Pediatrics Vol. 118 No. 6 December 2006, pp. 2418-2423