Practicing medicine is the challenge of keeping life and death apart. Fortunately, doctors who have experience and dedication to the practice can restore the former by preventing the latter. Dr. Eric Forsthoefel is one of the doctors who believe in going over and above the call of duty.
He says that the emergency room is not a place to slack. The ER is a place where even when you are at your lowest, you must rise to the occasion to help someone in need. Unlike other professions where one can console himself that tomorrow is another day, emergency medicine has no tomorrow. Indeed, it does not have ‘later.’ Everything revolves around ‘now.’
To succeed in this practice, Dr. Eric Forsthoefel believes that he must pay attention to all the details. Missing one small thing can force you into duplicated tasks. Failure to spot a detail can mean a world to the patient. He says that he has to do it once more to confirm before he concludes a procedure.
Unfortunately, the ER does not allow room for anyone to second-guess himself. You have to act fast and correct the first time. You have no room for trial because the life of the patient is always at stake. Learning should never stop if you want to succeed in such an environment.
If you are not consulting books and research papers, you are going through patient information and peers in search of clues on effective strategies of dealing with specific situations. He says that his colleagues at the ER share in his lifelong goal, which is to improve systems and decisions.
For you to address all patients’ needs, you must find joy in continuous improvement. You have to measure your results all the time and compare them with your past performance to see if you are headed in the right direction.
Despite the chaos in emergency medicine, he finds calmness in doing the best for every patient. He hopes to inspire a generation of physicians who strive to do the best every time. So far, he has given his team at the Tallahassee, Florida practice a path.