2+ Year Member
- Dec 1, 2016
I've recently started a job as a critical care tech at a busy trauma center which, suffice it to say, has given me a completely new perspective of medicine. I'm still new enough to everything that I get a sense of euphoria just being in the E.R. (it makes me feel like I'm on an episode of grey's anatomy sometimes lol). Despite this, I've had some serious doubts. I tend to question whether I'm suitable and capable enough to work in such a high-stress environment. I even get to the point where I'm quite intimidated to be in a part of the hospital with patients bordering on death. Maybe it's a bit hyperbolic, but I do feel like a lot rests on my shoulders when I'm working at the hospital now. What I'm trying to ask is if this is normal. Are most emergency room doctors/surgeons completely confident and cool-headed? Or is it just human to be nervous and doubt in yourself on occasion. Of course I won't have to decide on residency anytime soon, but it does make me wonder if I'd be better suited in a clinical setting even if I'm more emotionally attracted to high-stress specialties. Thoughts?