Emergency Medicine Physician
I am an emergency room physician who is prepared to treat anything, anytime, anywhere.
My work combines:
Day to Day
The thing about working in an emergency room is that you have to be prepared to treat any mental or physical ailment on any body part of anyone who walks through the door, so my days are always different. Some of the more routine things I treat are chest pains, pneumonia, abdominal discomfort, muscular-skeletal pain, psychiatric care, broken bones, major/minor lacerations, etc. There is always a sense of excitement and trepidation because you never know what might walk in the door that day.
Skills & Qualities Beyond School
You have to be comfortable with the knowledge that you won't and can't know everything. Part of your strength as an emergency room physician will be treating what can be treated immediately and working to find answers for everything else tomorrow. Learn to manage your expectations (of your work and of yourself). Commit to continuous learning, know how to persevere through tough times, and have compassion for the person behind the ailment you are treating.
Advice for Getting Started
Here's the first step for college students
Intern or shadow someone in a variety of health professions so you can see the ins and outs and figure out which area interests you the most. Use this time to reflect on what you want to gain out of working in a particular health field (schooling needed, time commitments, stress of the work, etc.).
My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took: