Monday, December 16, 2013

What I learned in Emergency Medicine...

Another rotation down! I am happy to report I survived 5 weeks in the Emergency Room. This was the rotation I was most nervous about, but it actually ended up being one of my favorites. It is definitely a different world compared to primary or inpatient medicine, but I guess that is what's exciting about it. You never know what it going to walk through the door. 

While this picture is not actually from the ED, it is one of my favorites. One of the best parts of PA School for me has been meeting three phenomenal girl friends. I don't know if I would have made it through these two years if I didn't have them by my side. I am really going to miss them come May. Looking forward to making this last semester, the very best. 

PA School

So with that being said, here are 10 things in learned in the Emergency Department: 

1. 90% of the cases that walk into the ED are NOT EMERGENCIES

2. With that being said I think I did more throat swobs in the ED than I did in Family Medicine

3. I love suturing and stapling. It's rewarding in the sense that it provides immediate resolution to the problem.

4. I really need to get better at my own CT scans. It is a learning process.

5. When a patient starts their chief complaint with the words, "I was just standing there minding my own business.." it's never a good thing.

6. Routine in your history and physical examinations is so very valuable.

7. ED Nurses are amazing. Be appreciative and kind. They have so much knowledge and experience. You can really learn from them.

8. You have to be quick, yet detailed and thorough. A difficult combination to master.

9. The one major aspect I did not particularly like was the lack of follow up on patients. After we discharged, admitted, or referred patients to other providers, it was easy for that to be the end of the road in terms of contact with the patient and their condition.

10. I worked mostly night shifts. I actually really enjoyed them. Often times, interesting cases would walk through the door on Saturday evening at midnight. With that being said, it also made me even more of a night owl.


  1. Okay, don't think I'm stupid but what is ED? Is it Emergency Department? Ha! Cute picture! Sounds like you're having a great experience!

  2. my dad made all three of us do 50 hours volunteer work in the ER before we could get our driver's licenses haha. and yes, I would say more than 90% of people that walk into the ER are NOT emergencies. I can't even count how many people brought their kid in for a runny nose. seriously?! what a waste of time and money....


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