I was an EMT. My experience actually helped me decide on EM. A few months ago, I was doing a family med rotation in my hometown where I also volunteer as an EMT. I would get all of their dispatches on my phone throughout the day. It killed me to have to see FP patients when there were major traumas or critically ill patients happening 5 min up the road. It helped me figure out which field I truly loved.Hi all-
I'm curious if any of you in Emergency Medicine worked as an EMT or paramedic before med school. If so, did that push you toward EM? Do you feel it has impacted your work as a resident in any good (or even bad) ways?
What do you think happens to those patients when we admit them? Difficult patients in the ER become difficult patients on the surgical/psych/GYN service. You can't change the patient, you can just change your outlook on them. Easier said than done though.fiznat said:I am concerned that I may become frustrated and angry at the patients in the ED (as I did oftentimes on the ambulance).