Why Practice in Emergency Medicine?

Guide to working as an Emergency Physician

Sarah Peddie

Here at Odyssey Recruitment, we have jobs for Emergency Medicine physicians in hospitals all around the world. In this article, we take a look at why you should consider going into the profession and the benefits in working within an emergency department.

Emergency medicine is a good career choice for medical professionals who want to be challenged within their job but it is also very personally rewarding. Working in emergency medicine means you get to work with a wide variety of patients with a vast range of medical and surgical issues.

What does the role entail?

Working as an emergency physician, you will have very little information to work with when first seeing a patient. Due to this an emergency physician will have to use their skills to prioritise what they and the team need to aid the patients recovery. The initial assessments and treatments is what you’ll be responsible for if you work in emergency medicine. You’ll need to have a good understanding of pre-hospital and in-hospital emergency medical systems for your role.  

Some of the work includes: speciality in Accident & Emergency departments, minor injuries, walk-in centres, inpatient hospital specialities, scene of major accidents and attending major events e.g sports venues. 

Working on a flexible schedule

One of the benefits of working in this field is that you will work on a fixed schedule. This makes it easy to fit in other aspects of your life like family, exercise, studying and rest. Hours will vary depending on what kind of program you are on. Emergency medicine doctors will be expected to work on night shifts, on weekends and holidays but will still have a flexible and predictable schedule. 

Variety of options

When choosing emergency medicine as a career - there is a wide variety of post-residency careers options. You can then practice in many different hospital types like university, teaching, community, government and the military. This is why it is considered a safe career for the future job market.

If someone does not want to practice in one hospital then there is an option to take locum tenens and this allows you to practice in different facilities.

Always learning 

An emergency room is a place for constant learning. Emergency medicine requires you to learn more, improve your skills and advance your knowledge. 

If you are interested in working in emergency medicine then register with Odyssey Recruitment today and we could help you along with securing you a job within the field.