Browsing: Wellness

The Daddy Diaries: Emergency Tee-ball Editor's note: Dr. McDonald and his wife are raising 7 children as he completes his third year of residency, serves on the EMRA Board, and represents residents o
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Obsidian The pager goes off”¦ trauma activation. SICU and I'm on call. I make my way to the ED. My fellow resident is there, doing the lateral canthotomy, ET tube's in. It's bad — auto vs. pedestrian
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The Crucible of Medicine: Reflections on Becoming a Doctor I entered the third year of medical school with great excitement. I was finally out of the classroom and seeing real patients, connecting w
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Intern Year: 6-Month Slump I don't know about you all, but 6 months into intern year I found myself a little pooped. It's not the “4 a.m. on my first nightshift back—hospital coffee isn't cutting it—
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Letter from the Editor Some days I feel like quitting. I always imagine it happening in the same way. It will be the end of an exhausting 12-hour overnight shift. I will have just been yelled at by a
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Recognizing Compassion Fatigue: Seeing Past the Present She was constantly in the emergency department for alcohol and drug intoxication. Staff dreaded her because she was usually inebriated and aski
A Personal Story of Burnout Up until this past week, I thought I had a good handle on burnout. I thought I had figured it out. At some point during the past year, during a string of overnight shifts
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How Becoming a Patient's Family Member Changed Me as a Doctor How on earth did patients and loved ones who have no formal training in health care or medicine manage to keep their composure when battl
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Can You Find the Heartbeat of a City in the ED? Dear Dad,  I'm moving to Detroit.  Love, Your only daughter I'll never forget telling my family that I was moving to Detroit. My incredibly sweet, quin
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What Do Residents Need to Know? Emergency departments (EDs) nationwide depend on physician assistants (PAs) to assist in seeing high volumes of patients with varying complaints and complexity. In fac