Triaging Inpatient Admissions: an Opportunity for Resident Education

Emily S. Wang, Sadie Trammell Velásquez, Christopher J. Smith, Tabatha H. Matthias, David Schmit, Sherwin Hsu, Luci K. Leykum

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In the context of internal medicine, “triage” is a newly popularized term that refers to constellation of activities related to determining the most appropriate disposition plans for patients, including assessing patients for admissions into the inpatient medicine service. The physician or “triagist” plays a critical role in the transition of care from the outpatient to the inpatient settings, yet little literature exists addressing this particular transition. The importance of this set of responsibilities has evolved over time as health systems become increasingly complex to navigate for physicians and patients. With the emphasis on hospital efficiency metrics such as emergency department throughput and appropriateness of admissions, this type of systems-based thinking is a necessary skill for practicing contemporary inpatient medicine. We believe that triaging admissions is a critical transition in the care continuum and represents an entrustable professional activity that integrates skills across multiple Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) competencies that internal medicine residents must master. Specific curricular competencies that address the domains of provider, system, and patient will deliver a solid foundation to fill a gap in skills and knowledge for the triagist role in IM residency training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)754-757
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of general internal medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 15 2019


  • care transitions
  • hospital medicine
  • medical education-curriculum
  • medical education-graduate
  • patient throughput

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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