My favorite thing about being an emergency physician is the variety of patients and conditions I get to work on and the feeling that I can really help people acutely. I am also proud of the fact that emergency physicians and nurses treat all patients no matter who they are, their ability to pay or what time of day they come in.
What is your favorite thing about being an emergency physician?
In medical school, I loved all of the rotations and did not want to exclude anything. In the emergency room I get to care for kids, geriatric patients, cancer patients, trauma patients – I see it all and it’s always interesting. I build intense relationships with my patients, even though our interactions are short, and I get to make a small difference in people’s lives at a critical moment. I also like the schedule. When I’m working, I work really hard. When I’m off, I get to enjoy my family without interruption.