Why I Made Emergency Medicine My Career by Mark Baker, MD, FACEP


What other jobs allow you to stay up all night long, party with crazy people, and get paid for it?

That’s what I like to say every New Year’s Eve. New Year’s Eve is my favorite shift, and it’s because of the people.

They are what keep me going in this career: the people, the crazy people, and I don’t mean just the patients.

Docs, nurses and techs all have to be a little bit loony to enjoy this job as well. It is the best job in the world! I come to work not knowing exactly what I will be doing, and even while working we never know what’s going to happen next.

Time-bombs are lurking in the humdrum of the daily routine. Our job is to identify them and defuse them. This keeps us on our toes, and this keeps me intrigued. When I can solve a medical puzzle, I am intellectually rewarded. When I can help someone I am gratified. When I can make a child smile I am happy. I can’t figure everything out or everybody out but I can sure have fun trying! This is why I continue my career of emergency medicine.

Why did I make it my career in the first place?

It looked exciting, isn’t that why we all chose it?

  1. #1 by John Maxon - January 16th, 2020 at 16:49

    I love this. Find something that lights you up and provide tremendous value to others. Keep on doing what your doing!!

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  2. #2 by excavating spokane - April 7th, 2020 at 13:47

    thanks for sharing this is awesome!

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  5. #5 by Mark Salvatore - May 12th, 2020 at 14:58

    Wow, how interesting to know how beneficial this is to others. Great indeed. =)

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  6. #6 by Charvel Rebagay - May 13th, 2020 at 12:13

    This is really interesting! Thanks for sharing!

  7. #7 by Warner Robins - May 13th, 2020 at 12:15

    Emergency medicine seems to be a great career! =)

  8. #8 by retaining wall Albany NY - June 2nd, 2020 at 14:42

    This career path has always been highly respected for obvious reasons, thanks for your service

  9. #9 by Mary Jean Smith - June 3rd, 2020 at 15:51

    I appreciate how interesting it is!

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  10. #10 by Alex Loftin - June 24th, 2020 at 18:30

    Great point! NYE must be crazy

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  11. #11 by Matt Jacobs - June 24th, 2020 at 18:33

    I messed up, I should have got into this profession!

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  12. #12 by Jesse James - June 24th, 2020 at 18:35

    Not know what will happen next in your job is exciting! Great article

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  13. #13 by Jordan Greathouse - June 24th, 2020 at 18:38

    Making a difference with people is so rewarding! I see similarity with my job.

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  14. #14 by Matt Perry - June 24th, 2020 at 18:41

    I wish I would have known about this profession earlier in life! Sounds fun.

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  15. #15 by Ronald Wages - June 29th, 2020 at 10:39

    Now more than ever we need your train of thought, thank you for sharing!

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  16. #16 by Brian Hilson - June 30th, 2020 at 13:29

    The key to choosing a career path is always your level of enthusiasm for the profession. What is the point if you’re dragging yourself to work every day.

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  17. #17 by Mariel - October 2nd, 2020 at 22:20

  18. #18 by Emma Wyatt - November 20th, 2020 at 14:33

    I love the joy you take in your chosen career. I love that there are people like you working in medicine. Thank you so much.

  19. #19 by Floor Screeding Norwich - November 26th, 2020 at 05:09

    It’s wonderful you found work you love. My wish for everyone!

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