Emergency Medicine - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

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Job Description

 

Hospital emergency departments are usually staffed by emergency medicine physicians. These health care professionals see patients for a variety of emergent conditions, including strokes, heart attacks and car accidents. They also treat conditions that aren’t so serious, such as lacerations or musculoskeletal injuries.

Hospital emergency rooms are typically chaotic places. Physicians must make split-second decisions when patients present with serious, life-threatening conditions and begin treatment immediately.

The physicians and nurses of the emergency department must prioritize incoming cases quickly, ensuring that the patients with the more serious conditions are seen as soon as possible. This practice is known as triage.

Working in an emergency room is one of the most taxing and challenging positions in the health care system.

Employment often includes long shifts with a possible heavy caseload of potentially critically ill patients. If you are a physician who enjoys solving medical puzzles at a breakneck pace, then emergency medicine can be a rewarding and exciting career.

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Responsibilities

 

Emergency physicians are trained in the important emergency medicine rule, i.e., “Rule out the worst case scenario.”

Using this rule, the physician must determine if a patient’s symptoms may be caused by a serious medical condition.

If a patient presents to the emergency department in distress, the emergency physician may be expected to perform any of the following procedures:

  • Collecting medical histories

  • Thoroughly examining patients

  • Drawing conclusions and order tests

  • Deciding on appropriate courses of treatment

  • Emergency resuscitation

  • Placing intravenous lines

  • Taking whatever steps are necessary to stabilize the patient for transport to another area of the hospital or transport to another hospital

  • Effectively treating less serious injuries, such as broken bones or lacerations.

  • Determining if patients need to be admitted to the hospital for further evaluation

  • Deciding whether

  • Discharging some patients with instructions for self-treatment and follow-up with their personal care physician for additional evaluation on an outpatient basis.

The emergency physician is expected to fully document all cases he or she works. Patient charting can add an additional dimension to an emergency physician’s workload in a busy emergency department.

In spite of the rigorous demands of the job, most emergency physicians chose emergency medicine because it provides a satisfying, life-long career of service and patient care.

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Skills

 

Communication

Must effectively communicate with your co-workers to ensure the best care and the proper procedures. Must be able to communicate in high-stress environments.

Active Listening

Offering your full attention to an individual person or group in order to fully understand problems and their nature.

Critical Thinking

Must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making

Needs to be able to act autonomously and make difficult decisions that would benefit the patient or make corrections. Must consider all benefits and repercussions of potential actions and choose the appropriate one. 

Complex Problem Solving

Must be able to identify complex problems and develop and evaluate corrective options and implement solutions. 

Stress Management

Must be able to endure intense situations and handle pressure that comes with extreme situations you may encounter.

Trustworthiness

Must be trustworthy because you have people's lives in your hands and what you do could help or hurt them. They are entrusted with a great responsibility and must live up to it. 

Perceptiveness

Gauging how people react and read their body language to decipher their feelings and predict their actions. They must be able to determine if people could be a risk to themselves or others and to distinguish truths from lies.

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Working Conditions

 

Emergency departments in most hospitals operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The length of a shift for an emergency department physician can vary from eight-, 10- or 12-hour shifts.

They may see dozens of patients during this time, each presenting with a different range of symptoms and/or injuries.

This type of work requires physical stamina, mental acuity and an ability to maintain focus and a clear head in stressful settings.

Patients arrive at the emergency department in an ambulance or on their own. The order in which patients are seen is determined by the triage process.

The severity of the illness or injury determines which patients are moved into the treatment areas to be seen by a physician first.

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
10.21.2019
MAINE COAST EMERGENCY MEDICINE Located on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, Pen Bay Medical Center is seeking an Emergency Medicine Physician to join of our outstanding team. Enjoy a dynamic practice in an 12 bed Emergency Department that...
10.15.2019
Duke Regional Hospital has served Durham, Orange, Person, Granville and Alamance counties and the surrounding communities for nearly 40 years. With more than 1,900 employees, its focus is on providing outstanding medical care with compassionate,...
10.21.2019
Mid Coast Maine Director of Emergency Medicine Located on the shore of Penobscot Bay, Pen Bay Medical Center is seeking an Emergency Medicine Physician to become the Director of Emergency Medicine. Enjoy a dynamic practice in a 13 bed Emergency...
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Physician - Emergency Medicine Job Locations US-OK-Norman ID 2019-4355 Category Physicians Position Type Physician Department Emergency Department Overview Norman Regional's three Emergency Department locations offer expert...
10.04.2019
Cambridge Health Alliance, a nationally recognized, award-winning health system is seeking a full-time board certified/board eligible Emergency Medicine Physician to join our exceptional team. The Cambridge Health Alliance Department of Emergency...
10.21.2019
Coastal Maine Physician-Emergency Medicine- LincolnHealth Lincoln Medical Partners is seeking a Full Time BC/BE Physician to join our Emergency Services team at our 25-Bed Community Hospital located in Damariscotta, Maine. This position offers a...
10.21.2019
Job Description: Regions Hospital has an exciting new job opportunity for an Emergency Medicine Education Manager. At Regions Hospital youll find a warm, diverse group of people who are committed to helping our patients and each other. We...
10.18.2019
Licking Memorial Health Professionals Physician opportunity: Emergency Medicine Location:Newark, Ohio (30 miles East of Columbus, Ohio area) Summary: Licking Memorial Health Systems is seeking an Emergency Medicine physician to join its...
09.18.2019
Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares...
10.21.2019
The Department of Emergency Medicine at University of Kentucky is recruiting for a full-time faculty member at the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor level to join our team of medical educators. Applicants must be Board Certified or Board...
06.18.2019
Physician Emergency Department (Summersville Regional Medical Center) WVU Medicine is pleased to announce a new practice at Summersville Regional Medical Center in Summersville, WV. Enjoy the team atmosphere of a 17,000 visit per year ED with...
09.25.2019
We are looking for Per Diem / Moonlighter ED Physician. Join a truly great Emergency Medicine Department staffed by a wonderful collaborative group of physicians. Flexible schedule made through schedule requests, not a block schedule About us:...
07.01.2019
Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares...
10.21.2019
This position is responsible for providing direct patient care including: obtaining histories, examining patients, ordering appropriate labs and x-rays, performing minor procedures, discussing treatments with treatment plans and following up with...
10.21.2019
Emergency Department Franklin Memorial Hospitalis seeking a Physician to join our current highly-skilled Emergency Department team of six physicians and two physician assistant. Enjoy a dynamic practice in an outstanding 10 bed Emergency...
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    MAINE COAST EMERGENCY MEDICINE Located on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, Pen Bay Medical Center is seeking an Emergency Medicine Physician to join of our outstanding team. Enjoy a dynamic practice in an 12 bed Emergency Department that...
  2. EMERGENCY MEDICINE PHYSICIAN Durham, NC Duke Health
    Duke Regional Hospital has served Durham, Orange, Person, Granville and Alamance counties and the surrounding communities for nearly 40 years. With more than 1,900 employees, its focus is on providing outstanding medical care with compassionate,...
  3. Director of Emergency Medicine Portland, ME MaineHealth
    Mid Coast Maine Director of Emergency Medicine Located on the shore of Penobscot Bay, Pen Bay Medical Center is seeking an Emergency Medicine Physician to become the Director of Emergency Medicine. Enjoy a dynamic practice in a 13 bed Emergency...
  4. Physician - Emergency Medicine Norman, OK Norman Regional Health System
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  5. Emergency Medicine Physician Cambridge, MA Cambridge Health Alliance
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  6. Emergency Medicine-Physician Portland, ME MaineHealth
    Coastal Maine Physician-Emergency Medicine- LincolnHealth Lincoln Medical Partners is seeking a Full Time BC/BE Physician to join our Emergency Services team at our 25-Bed Community Hospital located in Damariscotta, Maine. This position offers a...
  7. Emergency Medicine Education Manager St. Paul, MN Regions Hospital
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  8. Physician - Emergency Medicine Newark, OH Licking Memorial Health Systems
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  9. Emergency Medicine Physician Minneapolis, MN Allina Health
    Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares...
  10. Assistant or Associate Professor in Emergency Medicine Lexington, KY UK HealthCare
    The Department of Emergency Medicine at University of Kentucky is recruiting for a full-time faculty member at the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor level to join our team of medical educators. Applicants must be Board Certified or Board...
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  13. Emergency Medicine Physician Minneapolis, MN Allina Health
    Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares...
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