I have always said that there are no bad careers in medicine, there is a place for everyone and although some people really do get a kick out of being super-specialised (Mrs C is a specialist in ocular surface and corneal transplantation – yawn (Ed – does she read this blog????) ), that’s not for me and it’s not why most people first go into medicine. I chose EM after starting out in surgery and I’ve never looked back. Having said that Emergency Medicine feels like it’s been under the cosh of late, but I genuinely feel that we are at the bottom of a curve that is about to rise. We have fantastic leadership from @cempresident and a quick look at twitter will show that there are some fantastic UK docs out there in our speciality who are not just the present, but also the future of emergency care.
If you’re a junior doc and you can answer yes to the following then EM might just be the career for you.
Did you go into medicine to help people?
Did you watch TV shows and get a little bit of buzz watching the resuscitation teams in action?
Do you want to make a difference to patients and public health?
Do you like working with people?
Are you slightly crazy?
Do you have a remarkably short attention………SQUIRREL…….span?
And of course remember that…..
Why go into emergency medicine?
— GruntDoc (@gruntdoc) October 15, 2013
Grunt doc is so right, do you want to go to a party full of emergency physicians or one full of ophthalmologists, or dermatologists, or radiologists??? I’ve been to all of these and I can tell you that any story that ends up with a room full of people laughing at the punchline to a joke ” ….in the end it was just a huge angle kappa!” cue howls of laughter…. is not a job for me. Watch the video at the top of the page about EM in the US. We are a bit behind in terms of speciality development, but that’s all the more reason to get in now so that you can help shape the future of emergency care.
So get your applications ready to join the best team in medicine. If you’re cleverer enough, brave enough and possibly crazy enough you’ll know what to do…….
Here’s an update on the film from EMRA
PS. Contact us via Twitter or the blog if you need a bit of extra persuasion 🙂