Dr. Saggar responds: Dr. Rodriguez makes an excellent point about the Lexus, but my point was that not everyone needs to do an emergency medicine residency if he possesses the necessary skills. I sincerely admire anyone who felt he was wanting in pediatric or trauma skills and realized that an emergency medicine residency was going to help. Some people feel the need to do emergency medicine residencies while others don't. What works for you may not be necessary for everyone. I don't believe an emergency medicine residency does any harm, but it might be three years of unnecessary duplication of skills. Many physicians who completed “only” an internal medicine residency but who have been working in trauma centers for 20-plus years feel comfortable with pediatrics and trauma. In fact, they teach it and write textbooks on those subjects. It's a personal choice.
The authors are the principal investigators in the Olive View-UCLA Department of Emergency Medicine/Division of Infectious Diseases, and have been awarded a five-year, $9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the use of off-patent antibiotics for treating uncomplicated skin and soft tissue infections. The study will be conducted at Olive View-UCLA, Johns Hopkins University, Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, Truman Medical Center and the University of Missouri in Kansas City, and Temple University Medical Center in Philadelphia.