Triage after a bomb has gone off
Is emergency medicine right for you?
I was lucky because I was of the generation where you were allowed to experiment and try different things. After my house jobs, my first job was in accident and emergency. Next I did a medical rotation and, when I got the membership, I received a little book through the post, which said “these are the subspecialties of medicine.” Accident and emergency was the first thing in the book. I knew general medicine wasn’t for me. I couldn’t bear the thought of a career filled with patients with tingling fingers or who were complaining of not having had their bowels open for 28 days so I thought I’d go for the first one I really liked.
I have mixed feelings. I think it’s good that there is a “long stop” of four hours for patients to be seen in. To achieve that we have been given more resources and that’s