Healthcare Clinician Roles

Care Team Member Role
Addiction Medicine– Develop a treatment plan for addiction focused on an individual’s goals.

– Start medications for opioid use disorder, such as methadone and buprenorphine
Hospital Medicine– A health care clinician who works exclusively in the hospital and is the “quarterback” of the care team.

– Coordinates the specialists needed in an individual’s care

– Decides what medications an individual should take during their hospital admission
Infectious Disease-Determines what type of antibiotic is needed.

-Determines duration of antibiotic treatment needed
Cardiac Surgeon– If your care involves surgery on your heart, a cardiac (heart) surgeon may be involved in your care.

– They can help answer questions regarding the need for surgery, risks, and benefits.
Nurse– Provides bedside care in the hospital, such as checking vitals and providing medication.
Social Worker– Help with community resources

– Help apply for health care insurance

– Help place referrals in the community
Case Manager– Coordinates discharge planning once an individual is ready to leave the hospital

– This may include a rehab stay to help build strength
Other Subspecialty– Additional specialists may be involved in the care team depending on medical needs

– Feel empowered to ask an individual their role if one is unsure of their job on the care team
Primary Care– Follow up with a primary care clinician is important after leaving the hospital

– They help be sure that an individual fully recovers from their illness

Note: Many of these care teams may involve physicians, nurse practitioners, or physician assistants to help provide care to an individual in the hospital.