advice and catharsis: How to be a Real Emergency Physician

21 Jan

a little touchy-feely start to the week, via a column from Emergency Medicine News by Dr. James Roberts.




“I screw up about three times a week; I’m just better at hiding it than you. That also will come with experience.”


“Many of your patients will have no other advocate or support system. If not for you, they are toast.”



“Remember, patients and family rarely remember exactly what you said, but they always remember exactly how you made them feel.”


“The nurses’ station is a recording booth — with megaphones.”


“Arrogance gets you into trouble more quickly than incompetence.”


“Be especially nice to old people; you will be one in a heartbeat.” 


“When things are the darkest, remember what Mel Herbert told you:“What you do really does matter.””


References: EMN Article; picture


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