EMERGENCY PHYSICIAN DEFINITION


EMERGENCY PHYSICIAN DEFINITION

 

An emergency physician can be defined like this.

He or she is one who:

–  takes care of patients in emergency situations

–  teaches, supervises and councils residents, medical students, midlevels, nurses, paramedics, EMT’s and others

–  typically sees more ordinary, general practice cases than critical patients.  (Many days are not typical)

–  listens to and tries to minimize patients’ fears and concerns

–  handles even the most acute and critical cases with confidence and aplomb

– acts as part-time:

obstetrician/gynecologist
radiologist
ophthalmologist
anesthesiologist
internist
surgeon
pediatrician
neurologist
orthopedist
urologist
cardiologist
otolaryngologist
psychiatrist
and family doctor

–  reassures patients and their loved ones

– skillfully intubates, sutures, drains abscesses, runs codes, reduces fractures and dislocations, does bedside ultrasound and LP’s; inserts chest tubes, intraosseus lines, central lines, catheters, etc.

– looks after people from the prenatal stage to the end of life

– coordinates patient care with other departments and specialists

– always advocates for the patient, even, if necessary, in the face of formidable resistance and opposition from others

–  stabilizes all patients until proper specialist referral can be accomplished

–  gets scrutinized and criticized a bit more often than praised

–  sometimes has to suffer the unrealistic, naive and arrogant opinions of others

–  keeps coming back to work, because taking care of sick people really matters

 

Is there anything an emergency physician doesn’t do?

Any other questions?

 

Marlene Buckler, MD, FACEP

Official Blogger for the Certification and Workforce Section, ACEP

  1. #1 by Prakash - February 23rd, 2012 at 10:53

    Nice post, keep going

    Thanks
    Prakash
    http://medicalinformationforyou.blogspot.in/

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