This is so true.
Emergency medicine is unique in that, in general, the public sees us very differently than other physicians.
What Family/Friends Say
...You must really know a lot to be able to take care of whatever walks through the door.
Respect Level: High, right there with surgeons.
What Non-Emergency Physicians Say
...You guys are a bunch of hacks, basically glorified triage nurses. I can’t believe you know so much less about my speciality than me.
Respect Level: Slumming it with the family docs and psychiatrists.
(as expressed by Dr. Ten out of Ten)
What friends, family, and the general public think is so much more important than what non-EPs think!!