Dr. Gilman: We are a dual-campus program, which means sometimes you’re doing three, four shifts in a row. It’s challenging. You have to make sure you get sleep. On days off, I do my music. I go to the gym. I’m also a very open person. If I’m having a bad day, I’m like, “Look, I had a hard situation with this patient; she passed on me.” I cry after I lose a patient. That’s like a hit on me. I’m like, “Oh my god, Cleave, you got to hit the books more.” I take it personally.
I do not sit down. I move all day long for 12 hours. You get notifications when sick patients are brought in. You try to stabilize them very quickly. You give them I.V. fluids, and antibiotics. You’re just moving around all the time. But it’s great. I love it. You’re the face of the hospital. A lot of people don’t look at it like that, but when you walk into the emergency room, you’re the hospital’s gatekeeper.
Dr. Mishra: Working in the ED is definitely challenging because you have to be comfortable with being uncomfortable — but that’s also why I love it. Growing up, the uncomfortable made me anxious, but now, I’ve discovered how to thrive in it. You’re not going to always know what’s coming through your door. You’re not always going to be able to be the hero and help them or save them all. And that’s okay, as long as you’re aware of the tools you have and are lacking, you continually keep an open mind and learn and you try your best.
My job allows me to feel very close to people and society in the sense that there’s a person who’s out there going about their daily life, something happens, and they need somebody to take care of them. They can literally walk into the ED and we will take care of them. It’s bare-bones medicine. It’s from square one. It’s phenomenal.