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I'm Not ER, but I know you guys work really hard and are underappreciated by supid, arrogant and miserable specialists.

SO here's your chance to get them back. Post your stories about how these idiots messed up, for example coumadin overdoses and butchered surgeries that show up in your ER.
 

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Sorry, but no. I'm not perfect, nor is anyone else in ER or any other specialty. We all make mistakes. It is the willingness of many physicians to use these mistakes as substance for derision of others that I find hypocritical and unenlightened. A stupid mistake made by someone else is one that I could have just as easily made. There but for the grace of God go I.

Clinical decisions that I make are based on my training and experience. I'm not about to second guess the training and experience of a specialist from another field. I may or may not get the same courtesy from the admitting or consulting physicians. The natural course of disease and time makes some things evident that may not have been clear at the time the "mistake" was made, a fact which some would do well to remember.

I'm taking the high road on this one. Let surgeons and anyone else talk all the crap they want about ER docs. There is no need for me to return the favor. Most have no idea what it means to work as an ER doc, and few have any concept of the decisions ER docs have to make on very little information. When people like that start talking sh#t, I take it with a grain of salt the size of my fist. Lowering myself to their level only makes things worse and only reflects poorly on me.


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Doczilla said:
Sorry, but no. I'm not perfect, nor is anyone else in ER or any other specialty. We all make mistakes. It is the willingness of many physicians to use these mistakes as substance for derision of others that I find hypocritical and unenlightened. A stupid mistake made by someone else is one that I could have just as easily made. There but for the grace of God go I.

Clinical decisions that I make are based on my training and experience. I'm not about to second guess the training and experience of a specialist from another field. I may or may not get the same courtesy from the admitting or consulting physicians. The natural course of disease and time makes some things evident that may not have been clear at the time the "mistake" was made, a fact which some would do well to remember.

I'm taking the high road on this one. Let surgeons and anyone else talk all the crap they want about ER docs. There is no need for me to return the favor. Most have no idea what it means to work as an ER doc, and few have any concept of the decisions ER docs have to make on very little information. When people like that start talking sh#t, I take it with a grain of salt the size of my fist. Lowering myself to their level only makes things worse and only reflects poorly on me.


'zilla
Very nicely said. I thank you for taking the time to write out such a well said response. I would only add "that when people like that start talking sh#t", I think most of us would agree the best response would be to morph the discussion into one on our favorite beers!
 

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There are occasionally some bone-headed sounding decisions that bewilder me, but most of the time you just can't judge the doc that saw the patient before because you don't really know what the patient looked like before nor what they truly said to the previous doctor.