On Riding With Physicians
July 24, 2011
Thanks to our Board, the Executive team, and the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Baylor College of Medicine, we have the extraordinary privilege of assisting in the training of future Emergency Medicine physicians. The main goals of the program are to allow these future ER doctors to gain knowledge of EMS and experience the environment in which we operate. These physicians are licensed to practice medicine in Texas and will be allowed to operate within our scope of practice (our medical guidelines). Their main functions will be to facilitate, educate, and assist us with prehospital care.
This is an exciting opportunity for us to help shape their ideas and future interactions with EMS personnel. It’s also a great opportunity to learn more about emergency medicine and improve our interactions with a major Level I trauma center. Emergency Medicine is a highly competitive specialty and Baylor is a very competitive program. Many of these physicians are extremely bright and very talented. Several of them have completed specialties in other areas of medicine, some are also lawyers, and some have backgrounds in EMS. These are the physicians that you’ll be turning many of our trauma patients over to at Ben Taub. You’ll also very likely to run into these physicians at area hospitals once they complete their residency.
I’ve been involved in training physicians in EMS for many years-both as a paramedic and now as an emergency physician. The experiences for both paramedics and physicians have been overwhelmingly positive. There are bound to be some bumps in the road-don’t get overwhelmed, we will work them out as they arise. Please contact me if you have any questions.
Dr. George Kiss | Medical Director