Emergency room doctors use their medical tools and training to assist patients in need of acute, life-saving care. These physicians must think and act quickly to diagnose and treat patients, providing cardiac life support, trauma care, and other actions that help patients in life-threatening scenarios.
Emergency room doctors make contact with patients, figure out the best route of treatment, and then ensure that the treatment takes place. Emergency room doctors must discuss prognosis and avenues of care with patients, as well as the patients' loved ones; they also must discuss different types of treatment with nurses and other members of the care team. They order tests and perform surgeries as needed, keep up-to-date charts on patients, and schedule any necessary follow-ups.
Emergency room doctors work a variety of shifts during days, nights, weekends, and holidays. Many doctors are on call 24/7. They are required to work long shifts and may be needed at other times off-hours depending on how busy the hospital is.
Emergency room doctors require a medical degree and proof of residency from an accredited program. Board certification is also required for the state they are practicing medicine in, as well as a certificate of emergency medicine. They must be proficient in the use of computer software, as they generally need to use computer software to read and update patient files.
Physician / Doctor, Emergency Room (ER) Tasks
- They need to be capable of diagnosing and caring for all types of patients, regardless of age and type of problem.
- Diagnose and provide non-surgical treatment of diseases and injuries to patients in the emergency room.