For many who have seen medical drama on TV, reality is nothing like that. Or perhaps, there are certain scenes or events that may actually have happened in real life but it's not the norm.
Being an ER doctor for example isn't all about the blood, the untimely deaths, or the grieving process. It's not all about these stressful situations that happen round the clock. The most difficult part of being an ER doctor, according to Dr. Rada Jones, is a simple one. And it's something we all probably face each day. It's just for ER doctors, it's on a much higher intensity.
“What’s the hardest thing about your job?”
That’s a hard question. I stumble. I mumble. I try to come up with something intelligent to say. I fail. They see my discomfiture and try to help me.
“Is it being a foreigner? You have an accent. Since "immigration" is a dirty word, is that the hardest part of your job?"
“Is it being a woman? Dealing with the glass ceiling?” they ask.
“Is it the abuse you get? Is it people swearing at you, throwing feces at you, keying your car, and threatening to rape your daughter? Is that the hardest part?"
“Is it people dying?” they ask.
In fact, it's none of these. If you want to know her answer, check out the article on OpMed.
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