The practice of emergency medicine is a team sport

“Same team!” bellowed all the frustrated parents from the sideline of a lacrosse game as we watched two teammates clash sticks while fighting to catch the same pass. Both players missed the ball, and the other team scooped it up and scored, perfectly illustrating to our kids what happens when they battle among themselves.

It’s easy to remind our kids that teammates shouldn’t fight, but it’s harder to remind each other respectfully as adults, and sometimes, unfortunately, someone needs to yell “same team” at us too. I thought this recently as I read the reactions to the “Married to Medicine” column that debuted in Emergency Medicine News in March. Some noted names in emergency medicine, physicians I admire and consider captains of our specialty, wrote a letter to the editor questioning the value of Thayer Gorges’ article titled “Gold Digger or Lucky? Being Married to an EP.” They opined that it echoed stereotypes of the past, lacked substance, and had no place in EMN.

For the full article, please visit Emergency Medicine News.

Sandra Scott Simons is an emergency physician.  This article originally appeared in Emergency Medicine News.

Image credit: Shutterstock.com

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