A career in...
A career in emergency medicine
Emergency medicine requires an open mind, the ability to make decisions in quick succession, and to stay calm under pressure
- By: Duncan T Carmichael
The emergency department is the most exciting part of the hospital, where doctors use their knowledge and skills to recognise and treat the acute, urgent, and emergency aspects of illness and injury affecting patients of all ages. Emergency doctors deal with everything from major trauma to social and psychiatric emergencies. One minute you might be reducing a dislocated shoulder, and the next you might be resuscitating a child with sepsis. In an unpredictable and sometimes chaotic environment, the emergency doctor needs to be gentle and reassuring, keep an open and inquisitive mind, make quick-fire decisions, and stay calm under pressure.
The role of the emergency doctor is to make an initial clinical assessment of the patient in front of them and to decide what investigations and treatment are required, and whether the patient should be discharged, observed, or referred for admission. The doctor’s clinical approach will depend on whether the