By: Ravi Patel, DO, UMKC School of Medicine
After discussing with emergency medicine physician recruiters, it appears the most desirable traits that emergency physicians should have when searching for a job are confidence, humility, dependability, and collegiality. Emergency medicine residencies are accredited by the Accreditation Council For Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) through the new single accreditation system. Hence, training is structured to meet ACGME requirements. As such, training is generally not the limiting factor when applying for jobs, rather possessing the above traits, which will distinguish you from another EM physician. Strive to develop these characteristics traits while practicing emergency medicine. Below are a few quotes from emergency medicine physician recruiters.
“With most of the technological advances in education in recent years there is less and less of a differentiation (still there but smaller) between the clinical skills that are taught/refined in residency. Ninety-nine percent of ED residents can do procedures in their sleep based on the practice and the equipment that is currently available. The differentiation comes in attitude/confidence, the ever-important work ethic, and leadership.
Basically, the ability to lead a unit of medical professionals in a VERY high pressure situation is one of the key skills of an emergency physician. When 10 patients walk in the door at the same time, a director wants to know that the attending physician can lead the troops and handle it. A very good way to get practice is to work in smaller EDs where you will be forced to make decisions on your own and without immediate backup. In summary, skills can be taught but bedside manner, confidence, attitude, etc are things that an interviewer will look for.” Derek Sawyer, EmCare
“In general, I think it’s always nice to interview a candidate who is able to balance confidence with humility. I look for someone who is assertive and will take initiative, but who also recognizes that a solid team is comprised of people with different strengths and doesn’t try to do it all. They have a voice but make a point to listen, and realize that collaboration often yields the maximum result for the client while affording professional & personal growth opportunities to each member of the team.” Rachel Field, Schumacher Clinical Group