Along with primary care physicians, we ER docs are the frontlines of medical care. We have to be able to take of every patient, no matter their age or ailment (or, thankfully, their ability to pay).
Our job is often very challenging because we have to make decisions with little information. It's often easier to second-guess decisions we made, because the answer is always clearer in retrospect.
My latest NPR article discusses the challenge of being an ER doc and practicing medicine in a fragmented medical system.
Please read, and comment! I'd love to hear your thoughts.