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Purpose and Mission
Emergency medicine doctors treat patients with conditions that need immediate care. They may be treating simple injuries such as a cut that needs to be stitched or severe and life-threatening trauma. Acute care doctors must a broad range of clinical knowledge and skills to manage patients of all ages. Emergency medical physicians consult with patients, diagnose problems, resuscitate patients, perform surgeries and act as the main point of contact for leading and coordinating emergency care.
In most cases, trauma doctors that are employed by hospitals or clinics will report to the head of emergency services or an equivalent position. One of the acute care doctors will be appointed to be the ER shift supervisor.
Emergency room doctors typically have a good bit of supervisory responsibilities. They may be in charge of the ER, and may also be responsible for training acute care residents. They also have to assist in the evaluation the performance of other members of the acute care team.
Emergency medicine specialists have earned both a bachelor’s degree and an MD (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)). The next step is two-year minimum clinical residency through the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM).
Doctors of all specialties must register with the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) to practise in Australia and with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), which provides administrative and policy support to the National Health Practitioners Boards.
Responsibilities of an Emergency Medicine /Acute Care Doctor
Most often they work in the emergency department at hospitals or at trauma centres in clinics. They can also work for other emergency service agencies or for aid organisations. They are required to work flexible hours and are rostered for shift work and on-call duties. Emergency medicine specialists do not provide aftercare services to their patients once they’ve left the emergency department. They refer their patients to follow up with GPs or other medical specialists if any further care is required.
All doctors must be registered with the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to practise in Australia
Emergency medicine doctors see and treat their patients in very urgent timeframes, and have a variety of patient-care responsibilities. They can be thought of as a medical “jack of all trades”, as these professionals are specialists in a wide range of medical areas and skills.
Their responsibilities include: