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Letter to the Editor

‘EPs Can Be Really Obstinate’

doi: 10.1097/01.EEM.0000578668.86744.dc
Letter to the Editor


After 20 years of working two jobs in emergency medicine, paying off school debt, and raising a family, I went from the cath lab to the cardiovascular ICU and awakened with real chest pain. I was found to have a widow maker, and went straight to the OR for five-vessel bypass surgery. My father died at 42 from his third MI.

My experience was a life changer. I backed down to one job. Like Alin Gragossian, DO, it was the only time in a 30-year career that I missed work. I never went home sick or called in sick. (“A Perfect Life with a Stubborn Heart,” EMN. 2019;41[6]:26;

We super-emergency physicians can be really obstinate (read: dumb). How to convey these life-changing experiences to residents and colleagues is always a challenge.

Life is short. Live every day like it's your last. Enjoy medicine and your friends and family.

Andrew Langsam, MD

Santa Fe, NM

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