Allyssa Rule

A Career As An Emergency Physician

Career Goal = Emergency Physician

Career Overview

Emergency Physicians/ EMTs give care to ill or injured people in emergency situations. They determine the nature and extent of the injury or illness and record patients' vital signs. They may also talk to other emergency personnel who are present, such as police and fire fighters.

Career Skills and Interests

To be an emergency physician you need to be able to communicate with patients, be observant, be calm, and manage yourself, people, time and things. Your interests as an emergency physician should be social, investigative and realistic.

Career Working Conditions

Interpersonal Relationships. This includes having a high level of social interaction. They constantly work with the public and other emergency workers. Often deal with people who are angry or unpleasant due to their illnesses or injuries. You are greatly responsible for the health and safety of patients and coworkers and you re responsible for the outcomes and results of others.

Physical Work Conditions include always being exposed to diseases and infections when treating patients, working both indoors and outdoors. Indoor locations may not be heated or air conditioned, wearing protective attire daily, and often being exposed to contaminants.

Work Performance must be very exact in performing the job and make sure that all the details have been followed. Errors could seriously endanger patients. Often repeating the same tasks over and over, such as checking vital signs and administering first aid. You must make most decisions without consulting a supervisor, and can set some tasks and goals without talking to a supervisor.

Hours/Travel: May work part time or full time. Most work over 40 hours per week. Those who work for fire departments work about 50 hours per week. Those who work for hospitals work between 45 and 60 hours per week. You may work days, evenings, nights, or weekends. Emergency services are available 24 hours a day, and you may be on-call for extended periods of time, especially those who work for police and fire departments.

Career Wages and Outlook

Wages depend on who you work for (government/ private practice). The average salary in 2012 was $191,520 per year, and $105.95 per hour.

The need for emergency physicians grows greater every year.

Career Related Occupations

Similar careers include cardiovascular technicians, licensed practical nurses, surgeons, medical assistants and emergency management specialists.

Program Of Study - Pre-Med

Overview of Program: Pre-medicine programs include topics such as:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Organic chemistry

Community colleges and other 2-year schools offer associate degree programs. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degrees in pre-medicine. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Program Admission: You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

You also usually need to take either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Testing (ACT) exam.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Community Health
  • Community Service
  • General Computer Applications
  • Health Education
  • Healthcare Occupations
  • Healthcare Sciences Work Experience
  • Leadership
  • Medical and Clerical Assisting
  • Psychology
  • Safety and First Aid

Program Coursework:

  • Calculus
  • English
  • General Biology with lab
  • General Chemistry with lab
  • General Physics – Classical Mechanics with lab
  • General Physics – Electromagnetism with lab
  • Organic Chemistry with lab

Related Programs: anatomy, chemistry, pre-pharmacy, cell biology, medicine, pharmacology, physiology.

Schools that offer my program:

Minnesota State University

College Choice

Minnesota State University
Mankato, MN

  • Size - 303 acres
  • Location - Mankato, MN
  • Admission Requirements - Top 50% of high school class, 21 or higher on the ACT, if you do not meet those requirements the application will be reviewed based on college prep work, GPA, class rank and ACT scores. High school classes include 4 years of English, 3 years of math, 3 years of science, 3 years of social studies, 2 years of foreign language, 1 year of the arts.
  • College Expenses - Tuition (in state) = $7,574 / Room and meals = $8,042 / Books = $500-$900 (per year)
  • Financial Aid programs are available. Approx. $127.3 million in scholarships, grants, loans and employment was received by 14,300 students in 2013-2014.
  • Grants and Scholarships include the Maverick Scholarship, and the Presidential Scholarship. Transfer Scholarships are also available.
  • Housing - Dorms and apartments are both available at MSU
  • Activities that I would be interested in include sororities, volleyball club, women's lacrosse, and Maverick forensics.

Informational Interview

I did my interview with Tony McGowan, a man my father works with as an EMT in St. Paul, Minnesota. He told me a lot of things about emergency medicine that I did not realize before, but am glad to know now. For example, a lot of people do die in the ambulances, it's not the doctors fault, and that made me feel better because that was one of my main concerns about this job. Another concern was that there's just so much information to know, and he reassured me that there will be some things that you don't know, some illnesses that are foreign to you, but not to worry because (like life guarding) when something goes wrong you automatically jump into action without thinking twice about it, almost like your body knows what to do while your brain is on pause. I am glad that I got to do this interview because it made me more interested in Emergency medicine.

My Plan

My plan for life is to become an Emergency Physician at a hospital in a big city where nothing is ever boring. I've come up with some steps along the way that can help me get there as quickly as possible.

1. Graduate from St. Clair in 2016 while remaining in the top 20 of my class

2. Go to MSU, take their 2 month EMT program, become a certified EMT, work for the Mankato Fire Department as an EMT while getting my Pre-Med at MSU.

3. Graduate from MSU with a Pre-Med

4. Get accepted into Mayo Health School

5. Do my residency at Mayo Hospital in Rochester, MN

6. Move to a big city as an Emergency Physician, and possibly get married

7. (Unsure of this) Become apart of the Doctors Without Borders program and do the work I'd love while getting to travel to places in the world that could benefit even the slightest bit with my help. (the traveling is a plus also)

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