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A Realization of the Path you have Chosen

I usually give some advice about school and not forgetting to take time to enjoy college, but today I want to shift my typical tone. I do not know if most people know this, but besides being an Ambassador, I currently work as an Emergency Room Scribe, and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences in the past six months. As a scribe, I follow either the emergency room doctor or the physician assistant into the patient’s room and take notes on the complaints and history of each patient. Following that interaction, I get to have my own time with the patient asking more questions to complete my chart and gather information that I relay to the providers, if it’s medically relevant, to help the patient. I want to talk to you today about my experience in the Emergency Room last week and how it has made me reflect upon my decision to practice medicine.

There is a lot of responsibility on the scribes because we help chart for the doctors and make sure that even the simplest of information that could be vital in helping get a correct diagnosis is written down correctly. Our role changes a bit when a trauma patient comes into the ER. We still make sure the information is written down, but we also have an opportunity to see those ready to step in and save a life. Last week, I was working when the staff was told a motor vehicle accident was bringing in patients and one was unresponsive on scene. Immediately, a rush of preparation flooded the halls, and rooms were prepared for the incoming patients. A hush came over the place as we waited for the sliding glass doors to open to bring in the patient in need of resuscitation.  Inside, the tension was evident as the nurses, doctors, and other available staff members stood ready to assist and try to save a life.

Now for the sake of this blog, I will not go into further details of what happened the rest of the evening in the emergency room, but I will say that the person did not make it. I did not scribe the events for the patient, but I watched outside the room to see everything that was done to help this person breathe again. Like times before I have witnessed, the emergency room always has a different feeling after the passing of an individual, and I have had to see if I could handle the loss of a patient. I believe many students in pursuit of practicing medicine have never dealt with a loss of a patient, and, let me tell you, it is hard to even put in words.

Since most of the students who read this blog are probably going to practice human or veterinarian medicine one day, I would say to reflect upon seeing first-hand how you would deal with the loss of an individual. After last week, I had to consider if this was the profession I wanted to continue, and I found that I would want nothing better than to do all that I could to help save a life. Every instance that I have seen in the ER has hit me a little bit, and even though I do not know them personally, you know that this person has a family and they have lost someone they loved.

Thanks for reading this today, and I hope you have a great day and enjoy the fall weather.