Browsing: Editorial

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Our Call to Duty As a young man I was a Boy Scout – khaki shirt, shoulder sash, merit badges, and all. Like all of the other boys in my troop, I used to stand at attention and recite the Scout oath a
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The July Effect: Is the Emergency Department Safe? Media outlets have been stepping up their game with increasingly captivating headlines. When we see titles like “Viagra Con Man Hit with a Stiff Sen
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Describing Scribes: Improving Efficiency and Satisfaction in the ED Editor's Note: EM Resident is launching this new series, “What I Wish I Knew,” to help residents and medical students benefit from
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The Level One Commitment I'm writing this article inside a tent. Lying on my thinning mattress pad, I can occasionally feel a refreshingly cool and crisp mountain breeze seep in through my partially
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Larger Aspirations: Support for Organizational Resident Involvement When program directors review applications for potential candidates for the incoming intern class, one of the aspects assessed is t
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The Pursuit I wish I were perfect. At least I wish I were a perfect doctor. As a human I'm willing to accept that I make errors and sometimes fall short or make missteps in life. But, when others are
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Wake-Up Call: Fear and Empathy in Emergencies The shrill sound of my pager rang me out of my early-morning stupor at 5 a.m. The small screen indicated that a Level 1 trauma was heading our way soon –
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Tackling Transitions: The Pace of Medical Training and Practice At this time of year, nearly everyone on the physician's path is in a state of transition. For many, the beginnings of medical school,
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Train Tracks This poem is intended to bring to life the inner turmoil and conflict that so many of us live with on a daily basis, day in and day out, as we see so many patients with chronic, preventa
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Man vs Machine Computer screens burn my eyes. But patients expectantly staring at me from a distance while I interact with a machine is even more uncomfortable. Entering medicine, I envisioned spendi