Medical Scholars getting ready to job shadow gained first-hand knowledge Thursday about what it's like to work in an emergency room.
The Scholars program is a joint effort among community physicians, Eastern Virginia Medical Center, Sentara Healthcare, and Norfolk Academy. Students study the medical field and participate in internships to gain a deeper understanding of the pathways into careers on the front lines of health care. Many develop a passion that leads them into pre-med college courses and beyond.
On Thursday morning, a few dozen students listened to Dr. Jon Romash, who works in the emergency room at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. Dr. Romash studied at the University of Richmond, then Temple University's School of Medicine. He has previous experience in a trauma center in Philadelphia, where he regularly dealt with shooting victims.
“The ER is a unique place," Dr. Romash said. Physicians there need to be able to handle anything and everything, with little down time. Dr. Romash, who works shifts from 9:30 p.m. until 6 a.m., said he can see 35 to 45 patients a night. Some have basic illnesses - like the flu - but others have more serious problems.
“You're busy," he said. “You don't sit down."
Still, Dr. Romash said he enjoys his job. When a student asked about his future career plans, he said he hopes to remain in the ER.
The students listening will be job shadowing at various locations over the summer. That's part of the Medical Scholars program, an experience that Dr. Romash said is valuable.
“When you go into medicine, you've got to know you want to do it," he said, noting that medical school and residency training precede a full-time job. “It's good you are doing this now, so you know what you are getting into."
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