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.