Letter to the Editor
Stop Apologizing and Doing Everything
Yes, yes, yes to Dr. Edwin Leap's article! (“Stop Being Everyone's Intern,” EMN 2016;38:25; http://bit.ly/2enwAKJ.) Also, stop saying “sorry to bother you” when calling an on-call consultant at 2 a.m. to do his job! Very well-said. Dr. Leap's words are my thoughts exactly every time I start another shift. So, again, I ask Dr. Leap, where do we go from here? Maybe just change the name from emergency department to 24-hour clinic and suck it up, or cowboy up at the department chief meetings and demand realistic criteria for EP involvement?
The scope of our just “handling it” as described by Dr. Graham Walker continues to broaden. (“Don't Worry; We'll Handle It,” EMN 2016;38:15; http://bit.ly/2enxqa9.) I wonder sometimes if I need to get financial advisor training for the future patient presenting with portfolio woes at 3 a.m. Seriously, it's coming! Whatever happened to the protective covenant of a medical screening exam in triage that could divert appropriate issues to the appropriate providers? It's getting harder and harder for many of us to continue being forced to drink from a fire hydrant.
T. E. Marnie, MD
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