I was shadwing an FP today, who is a very established and well respected physician and who used to run an ER for 8 years, and he told me that he burned out. After I explained that new ER docs are actually ER trained and know what they are getting into, he told me that there is no one his age, 56, that still works in an ER. In other words, he said that even with the cush working hours of new ER docs, he thinks burnout is inherent in emergency medicine. He used to work in a suburban ER and he still burned out. Now, since I actually have an interest in ER medicine, I want to know all of your opinions....med students, residents, and actual ER docs. What do you guys think about this?