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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Thinking like an Emergency Physician

emDocs - July 11, 2016 - Author: Lex J - Edited by: Koyfman A and Singh M
“Emergency Medicine is the most interesting 15 minutes of every other specialty.”– Dan Sandberg, BEEM Conference, 2014
Why are we different? How do we differentiate ourselves from other specialties of medicine? We work in a different environment in different hours and with different patients more than any other specialty. Our motto is “Anyone, anything, anytime.”
While other doctors dwell on the question, “What does this patient have? (i.e., “What’s the diagnosis?”), emergency physicians are constantly thinking “What does this patient need? Now? In 5 minutes? In two hours?” Does this involve a different way of thinking?
The concept of seeing undifferentiated patients with symptoms, not diagnoses, is alien to many of our medical colleagues. Yes, we do it on a daily basis, many times during a shift. Every time I introduce myself to a patient, I never know which direction things are going to head. But I feel like I should give the following disclaimer..."