What current doctors and medical students say about Intensive Care Medicine
It was my first exposure to ventilated patients and the first few weeks were daunting, however I was not overwhelmed and very well supported by the clinical team. My confidence and willingness to adopt responsibilities grew quickly, and I began to review critical care referrals, understand new complexities of pathophysiology and site invasive lines.
Being trained in both specialties has given me valuable skills to manage such complex medical patients. With further airway and anaesthetics skills which I have acquired from
intensive care training, I am more comfortable in dealing with airway emergencies and performing both interhospital and intrahospital transfer of sick patients. Undoubtedly my
communication with family members has also improved significantly when breaking bad news in ED.
If you have a thirst for knowledge, like to live life on the edge some days and have the appetite to work hard to achieve your goals then ICM may be for you. If you can turn an end of life discussion into a bearable moment for a family by holding their hand and listening, and in your next breath intubate a multi-trauma patient in ED then ICM could be your speciality.