The Facebook group EM Docs, launched in April 2013, was started by a small group of friends and has become a forum to discuss common and uncommon issues and situations that emergency physicians face. It exploded in size and posting volume in October 2015 when it changed the settings to allow current EM Docs group members to invite their colleagues to its discussions. It’s empowering to have colleagues come together to share the joys and challenges of emergency medicine. Emergency physicians are fiercely passionate trailblazers with high expectations of themselves and others and are always advocates for patients.
As the EM Docs numbers have grown, the group has shared articles, crowd-sourced difficult cases, encouraged colleagues not to be bullied by attorneys, enjoyed emotional support after pediatric codes and full-moon shifts, laughed at one another’s sarcastic dark humor, shared success stories, and sent words of support with virtual pats on the back to say, “I’ve been there” when a colleague had a rough shift.
The discussions range from absurd and silly to life-changing because EM physicians can see this range on every shift and in their own lives. When a member gets a little out of line, other members declare a “meme war” (ie, they post “too numerous to count” funny captioned photos) until enough comic humor makes everyone forget the controversial post.