Emergency Medicine Residency Programs
Emergency Room Jobs, What Are They And How Can I Get One?
Emergency medicine may be the most exciting and rewarding of all the fields in the healthcare industry today. Although it is not a glamorous job, the pace is fast and the outcomes are unpredictable.
These medical personnel are the heroes most of us think of when we think of doctors saving lives. Many prime time dramas have been centered on the fast paced, high stress, and emotionally compelling world of the ER. While they are generally not involved with their patients long term, they provide the necessary support to the patient to ensure continued life while repairing the life threatening damage caused by an accident or illness.
Emergency department nurses are the unsung heroes of the ER. They are vital to the success of any emergency department and their skills must be as well developed, if not more so, as the attending physicians on staff. It is the responsibility of the support staff to ensure that proper treatments are carried out and patient care is top caliber. They also have to be sensitive to the needs of the families and of the patient himself. If the emergency department support staff is inadequately trained, patients' lives are jeopardized. Nurses must be able to complete a complex list of tasks ordered by the physician both during the actual treatment and during follow up. Administrative staff must be able to handle patient admissions and releases quickly and accurately, translating doctor's orders for follow up care, return visits and medications as well as ensure that records are kept properly, insurance claims are submitted and filing systems are well maintained.
In order to specialize in emergency medicine, a candidate must first complete a medical program and then participate in a residency program that can last up to four years. It is at this time that a physician can take a board certification examination and become an emergency medicine physician. The residency will emphasize not only emergency medicine, but will also encompass rotations through other specialties to ensure that the candidate has experience in all aspects of the medical field. Though emergency medicine is a semi-competitive specialty field, 90% of applicants are accepted into Emergency Medicine Residency Programs.
Emergency medicine is a rigorous, but highly rewarding career field. The hours are long and the work is both mentally and physically challenging, but saving lives is well worth the effort.By Sandra Parker - Sandra Parker is a freelance writer and aspiring novelist.