I am an Emergency Medicine Doctor that does Helicopter and Rapid Response Car besides hospital duty. AMA!
My short bio: Hi guys and girls ! For the past 6 years i have worked in one of the busiest Emergency hospitals in my country, with the added bonuses of having shifts as Helicopter Emergency Medicine Doctor (HEMS), Ambulance ( intensive care), Neonatal Intensive Care Transport, Rapid Response Car, and occasionally medical airplane transfer duty.This means that since 4 years ago i have went as first responder to anything from low blood sugar comas to buildings on fire, multiple car pileups with many victims, to transporting premature newborns across country ( and sometimes to other countries) and saving people that were snowed in in remote locations. Death is a constant part of my job, but sometimes we can cheat her for a while. Looking forward to answering any questions i can for the next 6 hours or so.
Edit: 9 hrs in, still going. Going to add some FAQ here:
Q: where are you from:
Q: how long did you study for this job?
A: 6 year med school+ 5 year residency.
Q: I am a med student/nurse/ someone thinking of doing Emergency medicine. How do i know it's right for me? What are the skills needed for the job?
A: Go volunteer at the busiest ER near you for a few weeks. That is the best advice i can give you. Being level-headed, able to handle alot of stress, make fast decisions (with little or no sleep) that affect a person's life, and being a team-player are what i consider essential attributes.
Q: how did you get this job?
A: worked hard, did good, got lucky.
If i didn;t answer you, it's probably because i answered a similar question somewhere in the AMA. search.
Well, it's been 12 hours, and i'm ready to call it in. Thanks for all your interest, questions and comments, it's really been an amazing experience. I'll try to answer some more tomorrow if there still are subjects that i haven't touched so far. Thanks everyone and have a good day/night! Stay safe!