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The first in a series on burn out in Emergency Medicine. In this episode, Mel Herbert talks about the anxiety of calling consultants and how he dealt with it. Jess Mason calls for a different approach
This really hit home, because I practice in a rural hospital without any specialties, and usually no one but me on site. Talking to the docs at what I hope will be the receiving hospital is often stressful. They don't want to hear from us, they have patients from their own eds needing beds. I often get something like " Dont you have a vascular surgeon there?" Duh, well no it's just us chickens. I do find being clear ,concise and authoritative helps.
MelThank you for taking the time to address this monster we call burn out . Keep up the great work . Too late for me but many others can benefit from your discussion of this issue .SincerelyTim LaBelle
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