EM Mindset: Rob Orman – The Successful ED Mindset
- Apr 20th, 2015
- Manpreet Singh
We at emDocs are proud to introduce our new series called “EM Mindset.” We hope our audience enjoys the pearls of wisdom that each of these seasoned EM vets have to offer on developing the “EM Mindset.”
In case you missed it, please check out the first post of this series by Bob Stuntz. Look out for “EM Mindset Mondays.” Enjoy!
Humility that we don’t know everything and that we might not always be right. Arrogance can close the mind to new ideas, alternative diagnoses and a drive to learn. If we think we know everything, what’s the point in trying to improve?
There are few lulls in an emergency department shift. One rarely sits and often there’s not enough time to go to the bathroom, let alone eat. Even clerical tasks like documentation take tremendous focus. It’s not just the physicality of the job that’s draining, it’s the mental and psychological intensity. We become immune to much of it, but moments of reflection or relaxation are rare to nonexistent.
If you are interested in reading the rest of this and other EM Mindset pieces, please see “An Emergency Medicine Mindset,” a collection evaluating the thought process of emergency physicians. This book is available as ebook and print on Amazon.