For Residents

No Location in Mind, Dr. Hela Kotob’s Job Search Was Wide Open

January 9th, 2018
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When Dr. Hela Kotob started her search for a job post-residency, she felt overwhelmed by her options. Without a particular location in mind, she entertained a bunch of possibilities. Her family wanted her to come back to Iowa, but she was more interested in traveling somewhere new. Engaged to be married, her husband, also a […]

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Three Expecting Mothers Share What a Strong Parental Leave Benefit Means to Them

November 1st, 2018
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Dr. Stefanie Gilbert has a long list of reasons why US Acute Care Solution’s parental leave policy is a crucial benefit for mothers, newborns, and their families as a whole. The 12 weeks of paid time off with flexible scheduling before and after birth makes it easier for mothers to attend post-natal doctor’s appointments, for […]

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In Your First Real EM Job Search, Don’t Worry: Everyone Eventually Gets to Point B

October 8th, 2018
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This time of year can be disorienting for junior residents. Many of their senior residents will be about to, or will have signed contracts for their first job while they are just starting what is likely to be their first job search in a very, very long time. When the fall of my chief year […]

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Interviewing for a Job? How does the ‘Ship’ Interact with Others?

August 2nd, 2018
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Michael Abrashoff became the captain of one of the worst ships in the U.S. Navy in 1997. The ship, the USS Benfold, was dysfunctional and the crew was sullen. The ship’s retention rate was abysmal (less than 28%). Morale was so bad that the crew literally cheered when the previous captain left the ship. But […]

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As Your Career Evolves, So Too Can the Sources of Wellness and Meaning Within the ER

May 2nd, 2018
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The life cycle in the mind of ER physicians is fascinating. You begin your journey hungry, confident and cocky. You feast on taking care of the sickest of the sick and routinely leave work pumped with adrenaline and satisfaction after a crazy shift. You smile with pride after floating your first transvenous pacemaker and stick […]

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USACS Speakers Bureau Now Available for Any Emergency Medicine Residency Program in the Country

February 26th, 2018
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For Dr. Jestin Carlson, the USACS Speakers Bureau was a way to solve his own problem, so to speak. Carlson is core faculty at St. Vincent Hospital, a small emergency medicine residency program in Erie, Pennsylvania. While he and his fellow faculty at the program are all accomplished educators in emergency medicine, the reality is […]

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Four Strategies for Becoming a Great Attending

August 27th, 2017
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My first six months as an attending were frightening. I would drive to my shifts with the radio on, but I couldn’t really enjoy it. I was thinking about all the things that could go wrong. The truth was I didn’t know if I could handle the unknown. I was hypersensitive to the idea that […]

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As Go Your Relationships, So Goes Your Resiliency

July 11th, 2017
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We hear a lot about how your work can affect your personal relationships, usually for the worse. In fact, I wrote about how cynicism at work can negatively affect your relationships at home in a recent column. This is a well-worn topic in emergency medicine, and there are a lot of strategies to deal with it. Go […]

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The Exact Moment When I Realized I Needed To Change

April 11th, 2017
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A fellow resident and I were working a busy Monday shift, and I was walking by the room where he was seeing a patient when I heard him say, “Let me step out for a moment.” He came out, quickly closed the curtain, flexed his fists, sucked in some air, held it, and finally blew […]

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Meet Dr. Deepika Singh, a USACS Traveling “Firefighter” and a Mom

March 16th, 2017
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It’s the most counter-intuitive thing you could possibly expect to hear from a physician whose job is to travel, but it’s true: Dr. Deepika Singh spends more time with her family, and more quality time, than when she worked locally at only one site. Now an Assistant Medical Director with US Acute Care Solutions (USACS), […]

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