Hospitalist Nathan Martin, MD, goes on rounds with third-year MD students Emma Payne and Amy Zhang on January 21, 2022. Coronavirus MATT MILLER/WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Medicine residents rotate through several months of general inpatient medicine each year, along with medical students on third and fourth year clerkships. Each team consists of an attending physician, a second or third year medicine resident, two interns, and medical students.

The attending physician plays a supervisory role and provides didactic sessions and bedside teaching throughout the week. Hospital medicine attendings are able to provide a unique perspective, as the majority of their clinical time is spent engaged in direct inpatient care.