What does it mean to act like a true professional? I’m not sure it’s been fully fleshed out in medicine but I’ve met those who are exemplars of it. This pod is a conversation with my partner in hundreds of critical resuscitations, Ben Peery, MD. We talk about wins, losses, lessons learned and, even more than that, I get to introduce you to someone who, for me, was a role model in how to carry yourself as a physician.
Guest Bio: Ben Peery, MD is a 20 year veteran of the emergency department, spending the bulk of that time working in a rural hospital. A former SWAT team member and tactical medicine expert, he is now host of The Grit Podcast with Ben Peery that you can find on Spotify, iTunes, and all the rest. Ben’s show is conversations “with colleagues in medicine, law enforcement, EMS and anyone else who has been in the sh*t. By sharing stories and insights we hope to offload mental trauma.”
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Qualities of the Professional
Honesty with others and yourself.
Treat everyone with respect, top to bottom.
Embracing the pact between you and the patient that you will do your best.
Honor the pact with yourself that you will do your best to take care of you.
Own it. Don’t blame (but also don’t self flagellate). Be the leader and empower those around you.
Warrior mindset. When you are in the thick of it, you lock into the attitude that you are going to get this done. It may be hard. It may not be a clear path as to what’s going to happen, but you’re going to do it. It’s not “What if…? It’s “What’s next?”
Feel free to add to this. Surely there is more than one way to ‘act like a pro’.