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What characteristics do you think makes a good EM doctor?

As a med student, I see the practice of EM from a very different perspective than my residents and attendings. So of course I wonder how my idea of what characteristics makes a good EM doctor lines up with reality.

Any and all responses are appreciated. Thank you for your help.
 

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What characteristics do you think makes a good EM doctor?

As a med student, I see the practice of EM from a very different perspective than my residents and attendings. So of course I wonder how my idea of what characteristics makes a good EM doctor lines up with reality.

Any and all responses are appreciated. Thank you for your help.
There are two answers to this questions:

1) The funny, cynical, yet realistic one.

2) The buttoned up, PC, recruiting-mode answer.

You know #2 already. But #1 is the one you need to know. It's not the popular answer, but its the best answer.
 
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Depends on who you ask.

The administrator: they see a ton of patients and only admit those that have great insurance.

Your director: They work in our ED?

The specialist: Hasn't woken me up in months so must be great.

IM: calls me with the lol with a dispo to ye old nursing home that will take grandma in the morning.
 

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Yes man who keeps the customers happy so they keep coming back day after day.

No one really cares about how good you are at actually practicing emergency medicine.
I will say the exception is in academics. Then being a good clinician is valued. Out in the community though a cog in the wheel. Keep the wheel turning and you're a good cog.
 

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I will say the exception is in academics. Then being a good clinician is valued. Out in the community though a cog in the wheel. Keep the wheel turning and you're a good cog.
I understand the sentiment but that's a burned out way of looking at community EM. If you want to collapse EM down to ED gross revenue = (patients registered-LWBS) x RVU/pt x $$/RVU then it's easy to figure out where we fit in that equation. But being a good physician matters in community EM (maybe more so than in academics where you can look good by tossing out a stupidly exhaustive differential then consulting your way through that differential). It matters to the patients whose lives we touch and it matters to our colleagues upstairs and in the clinics who rely on us to triage appropriately.
 
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I will say the exception is in academics. Then being a good clinician is valued.
Hahahahaha no.
Medical schools also do not care about clinical quality. They care about the same BS metrics compounded with budgetary constraints and publish or perish mentality.
Most of the full professors of EM I've met have been colossally ****ty pit doctors. They are fantastic mental masturbaters though.
 

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Ourselves, employers, residency directors, patients, administrators, fellow doctors, nurses, insurance companies, credentials committees, lawyers, medicare, ratings websites and medical boards all have different ways of determining what makes a good physician. The reality depends entirely on who’s observing that reality. The answers often disagree wildly, but unfortunately they all matter, to varying degrees.
 
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