EMCrit‘s Scott Weingart quoted David Crippen (Fearless Leader of the CCM-L listserv) in response to a Resus.ME post by Cliff Reid, which reviewed and expanded upon Weingart’s recent article on ED Intensivists and ED Intensive Care Units:
“Every well-intentioned dual-trained EP always comes out of training stating that they will split their time 50/50 ED and ICU and all of them by the 5 year mark will be spending all of their time in one area or the other.”
This is obviously important to all of us that have slogged through two grueling training schemes in the hope of contributing to both specialties. I’m familiar with Crippen’s Law, and still wonder if I will succumb to it. Unlike in the US where a 1-2 year fellowship can be tagged on to a 4 year residency (pretty intense years, but blissfully short!), in Australasia dual trainees generally clock up about 10 years of training after medical school. This is a huge commitment to both specialties, yet I know very few dual trained FACEM+FCICMs who still work in the ED. I hope that this can change. Or, perhaps, dual training might simply be an unnecessary extravagance in terms of training, time and resource utilisation.
What do you think?
Read more and contribute to the discussion at Upstairs vs Downstairs: an EPIC Conundrum on Resus.ME.
Also look out for the #FOAMed SMACC talks on the essence of critical care and the interface between emergency medicine and intensive care heading your way in the next couple of weeks. I’ll finish with two of Peter Safar’s Laws for the Navigation of Life that may go some way to explaining the predicament some of us find ourselves in:
2. When given a choice, take both.
12. When faced without a challenge, make one.