Pediatric Emergency Medicine
As a Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician, I completed 10 years of post-graduate training:
4 years of medical school
3 years of general pediatrics
3 years of pediatric emergency medicine
One of the most important parts of my job is to determine which kids are "sick" versus "not sick," and be able to recognize and treat life-threatening emergencies. I also have to assess and treat common and unusual medical issues in kids. One of the most rewarding parts of my job is the opportunity to connect with parents and educate them on how to care for their child at home.
The ER can entail stressful or critical situations, some of which can be devastating. Writing has always been an outlet for me to process some of the challenging, bizarre, or unusual situations that I encounter at work.