(Last Updated On: May 19, 2017)

What is your job as an emergency medicine physician? Move the room? Join several committees? Publish papers? Have good Press-Ganey scores? See more than 2.3 patients per hour?

Yes, these are all aspects of our job. But they are not our main job. They are not why we got into emergency medicine.

Our main job is to take care of patients. At the end of a day, when you don’t intubate, didn’t see many patients, got yelled at by a patient frustrated by the wait, take a moment to reflect on the things you did at the core of emergency medicine.

Did you assure a patient with chest pain that it was not a heart attack, which was the reason they waited hours to see you? Did you quickly start sepsis protocol on a patient and avoid turning a UTI into a fatal infection? Did you help a patient with a chronic illness and nowhere else to turn, get an appointment with a specialist?

It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle of administration, numbers, and paperwork, but remembering why you do what you do makes each day satisfying.

WEEKLY WELLNESS: This week, remember why you went into Emergency Medicine, and reflect on those you help each day.