• Alexis Tran

Medical School Specialties - Emergency Medicine Doctor


There are many career specialties in medical school. One of these specialties is emergency medicine. Emergency medicine is medicine or care that is administered to make sure that a patient’s life threatening or serious medical conditions don’t get any worse.

Emergency medicine doctors go to medical school for several years, and receive specialized training for many years afterwards. To become an emergency medicine doctor, one should start by getting a Bachelor’s degree in college. Afterwards, they will need to go to medical school, and get a medical degree. This will take another four years. After medical school, they will have to pass the USMLE, or United States Medical Licensing Exam. After one has passed this exam, they will need to do a residency for four years. After which they would receive an emergency medicine certification.

After completing all of the steps above, one would become an emergency medicine doctor. Emergency medicine doctors can work in many places, such as clinics and hospitals. Many emergency medicine doctors work in hospitals and deal with patients that come in on the ambulance. Emergency medicine doctors help a patient’s condition not become any worse as soon as the patient enters the ambulance. Emergency medicine doctors do many other procedures, but none of these procedures are as serious as the long surgeries that surgeons perform. Emergency doctors conduct procedures like laceration repair. Laceration repair occurs when a patient comes in with a deep cut, and an emergency medicine doctor aids them. The emergency medicine doctor will help the patient by cleaning their wound and bandaging or stitching the skin back together.

Emergency medicine doctors have many duties in the places they work. For example, those that work in hospitals help in the emergency medicine sector of the hospital. This means that when an emergency medicine doctor starts their shift, they take over for the emergency medicine doctor that worked before them. When they start their shift, they weave their way through the emergency medicine sector of the hospital, asking for updates about their patients and treating them on the way. A lot of the time, emergency medicine doctors order lab work for patients who are in the emergency department. Nevertheless, if one comes in on an ambulance or is in critical condition, the emergency medicine doctor will turn their complete attention to them.

However, there are some disadvantages to being an emergency medicine doctor. For example, there are some patients who check themselves into the hospital because they think that there is something critically wrong with them. They are admitted into the emergency medicine sector of the hospital, and the emergency medicine doctors come to check on them. After an emergency medicine doctor has checked on them they decide whether or not the person is having an emergency, and dispatch them to a different part of the hospital if it is the latter. Sometimes, patients do not like the doctor’s assessment, and think that their condition is an emergency. As an emergency medicine doctor, it is hard to explain to a patient why their condition isn’t an emergency if they don’t want to believe the doctor.

While there are some downsides to being an emergency medicine doctor, there are also many benefits that come with this career. Some less important benefits are that emergency doctors are paid very well. Emergency medicine doctors make an average of 357,000 dollars per year, which is a lot more than a lot of other doctors make. In addition, emergency medicine doctors have pretty set schedules that aren’t as demanding as a lot of other doctors. For example, emergency medicine doctors tend to have set hours, and don’t have to work too much at night. In addition, emergency medicine doctors aren’t on call very often, and don’t have to be paged into hospitals and clinics too often. Another benefit to being an emergency medicine doctor is that everyday is different than the one before it and that everyday offers a new challenge that the doctor has to puzzle out. This helps to keep emergency medicine doctors on their toe and interested in their work. In addition, on the scale of the happiest doctors, emergency medicine doctors rank at a 3.96, while the average doctor’s happiness ranks at a 4.01. On average, most doctors are not as happy as emergency medicine doctors. Emergency medicine doctors are the fifth happiest of all the doctors.

In conclusion, becoming an emergency medicine doctor takes a lot of schooling and dedication. After going through school, people who want to become an emergency medicine doctor have to go through years of residency and certification. Even though the road to becoming an emergency medicine doctor is long and hard, there are many benefits to being an emergency medicine doctor. Emergency medicine doctors have a looser schedule than other types of doctors, and are also the fifth happiest of all the doctors. Finally, emergency medicine doctors see different types of patients everyday, and everyday presents a new puzzle.