Originally Posted by discharged
I was pretty excited to rotate through EM last month, only to get slammed on my first day eval when a senior said, "you are okay.. sometimes you know who should be an EM doc and who shouldn't. you'd be a great doctor, but not a natural EM doctor."
I've gotten almost all A's on my rotations, all my attendings and patients loved me, and I like to think myself of a little above avg on medical knowledge. During my month on EM, i saw pts, developed plans, followed up on them, volunteered for procedures, was first to see lab results, and didn't leave until my last patient checked out.
What ran through my mind is, who are you, senior resident, to tell others who is made for a specialty or not? My bad, didn't know there had to be a prototype student. Sorry about the venting, but I just feel like a kid who was told by a punk that he wasn't "cool enough" to hang out with a group.
So my question is, what characteristics make a student "not fit" for the ED?
If it makes you feel any better I was told by an FP that I just didn't get it and that I wouldn't make a good physician. I still got my number one choice for EM residency. Sometimes I think it's that person with the problem (after I evaluate and overevaluate and over think things and can't find the problem). If it's only one comment, don't feel bad. Those people just sometimes have issues. Maybe that EM program is not meant for you but you would be better served at another. I found that to be the case for me. Some environments I flourish, and others I have problems acclimating. It happens sometimes. Just move on and prove it is meant for you by doing what you are doing. Especially if they didn't back it with reasons. Some I see as better IM types, but that's because they are more thorough and spend more time with patients and want to know what happens after they leave the ED. I also found half the issue was me because I don't usually want to know unless it was an interesting case. Just hold your head high and battle through.
Edit: I did ask the FP's coworker what the guy could have meant. They had told me to ignore it because the FP attending was having a rough time at home because his kid was found to have cancer. You never know what the real issue is.