On duty at the circuit
A Formula One doctor
- By: Kelly Brendel
You must be able to think methodically in a stressful situation. There’s a lot happening around you quickly, and you must have a structured and logical approach. People skills are everything. You’re working around highly skilled marshals and other rescue crews who are not involved in hospital medicine but are all involved in the management of your casualty. They don’t necessarily act in the same way as a nurse would in a hospital so you’ve got to be able to integrate with them in an extreme situation.
Also, you need an interest in the sport. You’re probably not going to make a great amount of money out of it [motorsport medicine], and you can have long days where you can be out on the track for 12 to 13 hours and nothing happens. Accidents happen all the time, depending on how you classify an accident, but most don’t require any