When a patient is admitted to a hospital, her primary care physician typically isn’t on site to oversee her care. Instead, a hospitalist — a dedicated physician who works exclusively in a hospital — will likely take over until she’s discharged.
“This type of hospital medicine started in the mid-’90s and is now one of the fastest growing specialties in medicine,” explains Dr. Sareda Nur, a hospitalist at TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center. Dr. Nur, this month’s FACE of TriStar, knows quite a bit about the field as she also serves as the medical director of the TriStar Southern Hills hospitalists. Here, she answers our questions about what it’s like to be a hospitalist, how she ventured into her role and what she does when she’s not at TriStar Southern Hills. Welcome, Dr. Nur!
Can you give us an overview of your role at TriStar Southern Hills and explain more about what a hospitalist does?
I am the medical director of the TriStar Southern Hills hospitalists, which means I manage a team of doctors who are committed to taking care of hospitalized patients. We cover the hospital 24/7 and see patients from admission until they get discharged from TriStar Southern Hills. We stay in touch with primary care providers closely and notify them about patients’ medical conditions and discharge planning. We collaborate with sub-specialty doctors about patients’ needs and have daily interdisciplinary team rounds including bedside nurses, case managers, pharmacist and hospitalist to make sure all disciplines review the whole case together and have a clear plan. We also respond to any emergent or urgent situations like cardiac arrest that may arise in the hospital. Hospitalists are mostly internal medicine trained, but some are pulmonary or family medicine trained.
As medical director, I also serve on many hospital committees that maintain the policies and procedures of TriStar Southern Hills.
What made you get into healthcare?
Ever since I was a child, I was fascinated with the field of medicine and the miracle of the human body, and I wanted to be a doctor. The older I grew, my passion and curiosity continued to grow as well, and I pursued my dream. I believe becoming a doctor was my calling, and I am happy with the choice I made.
Why did you choose internal medicine/being a hospitalist?
Internal medicine wasn’t my first choice when I went to medical school. I actually wanted to be a surgeon, but during my clinical rotation, I realized surgery was not for me. I found internal medicine to be more challenging because it exposed me to hosts of diseases and their differential diagnosis. I felt more comfortable managing the whole body than focusing on one area.
What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
Healthcare is a field that’s always changing and advancing, and as a physician, my first and foremost goal is to provide the best care for my patients. So, I devote myself to staying current with the changes in the field, be it clinical advancement, new research findings or even policy changes. I think the most challenging aspect of a doctor’s job is not just the responsibilities of taking care of patients, but you’re continuously learning and researching to always remain up-to-date.
What do you like to do when you aren’t at work?
I like to spend time with my family, especially my husband and daughter, Libin, who is 10 years old. We often bike on weekends and like to travel around the world.
How are you involved in the community?
I mentor high school kids, especially those from minority communities. I also try to guide college students and give them the opportunity to shadow me to get a feel for the field ahead of time.
What do you like most about your position at TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center?
I truly enjoy having an opportunity to continue to practice as a hospitalist and also having a leadership position to make a difference at TriStar Southern Hills. Best of all, I must tell you that I am privileged to work with the greatest team of professionals one could ever wish to have. There is great camaraderie among my colleagues, and not just my peers, but also the supporting staff. That gives me a great deal of joy. It makes work feel like home, and I love it!
Thank you, Dr. Nur, for your dedication to the very important work that hospitalists do. To learn more about the services offered at TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center, visit TriStarSouthernHills.com.
Thank you to Leila Grossman of Grannis Photography for the fantastic photos of Dr. Nur.