Top 10 Reasons Why Darth Vader Would Make a Good ER Physician
10. Darth Vader prioritized brutally. Same thing for emergency medicine, there is no way to get around this. You have prioritize, and prioritize, and do it over and over until the end of your shift. You have to take care of the sickest first, and then keep the department on a constant flow.
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9. Vader made decisions based on objective data, not whims. As physicians we are trained to think like scientists and that entails gathering information (history and physical), analyzing it, coming up with a differential diagnosis, a work-up plan, then results and disposition. As frustrated or enamored we feel about certain patients, the right approach to medicine is to come with a disposition based on the objective data obtained.
8. Vader made commitments. Our most important commitment is first do no harm or, as Amal Mattu would say, “primum non killem.” We have also made other commitments such as improving our practice by keeping up with the literature, to teach others, and give 100% when we are working.
7. Vader took time to recharge, relax, and get some perspective. We value our time off, time with our families, traveling, enjoying our hobbies. … When you come back to work and you are recharged, your performance is so much better after being rested and enjoying your time off.
6. Vader managed risk and expectations pre-emptively. As emergency medicine physicians, we are always on the lookout for what can go wrong and be ready for it. Whenever we are about to intubate someone, if we are not thinking of plans b, c, and d, we are not preparing appropriately. We should be ready for the life-threatening or limb-threatening outcomes and act accordingly. We should also be ready to perform any other role of the team. We should learn how to manage pumps, ventilators, mix drugs, get IV access.
5. Vader was a very “persuasive” fellow. We act as patients’ advocates, and we must first get the patients to cooperate with our plan. We know what’s right for them, and we have to know how to talk to the patients, consultants, nurses, and family. When we talk with consultants, we have to get them on our side to see the patients [and] we also want this consultant to trust us for future calls or consults.
4. Vader picked a methodology and stuck with it until it didn’t work. We work in a stressful environment, and we make life-changing decisions with almost no information. But no matter what, we have to pick a treatment and be ready to change it as soon as we see it not working.