Working as an emergency physician at a level 1 trauma center and as an Army reserve officer, you learn to expect the unexpected – but working as the ER doctor taking care of patients impacted by the most deadly and destructive wildfire in California history last year changed me. As I walked into work last year to start my clinical shift as the attending emergency physician, our hospital began receiving multiple ...

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I recently took care of a woman in her 50s that came to our emergency department (ED) complaining of chest pain. The pain had started shortly before arriving in the ED but within minutes, we performed a battery of tests, treated her pain, and gave her an aspirin. Still concerned about heart disease being the cause of her pain, I observed her overnight in our EDs observation unit and completed ...

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Ebola is frightening but not for the reason you may imagine. A little over a year ago Asiana Flight 214 crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport resulting in 181 injuries and 3 deaths.  As an emergency medicine resident, this fast-forwarded my training as I took care of many of the patients arriving in our emergency department.  I left that day inspired that I had the education and training to ...

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