Work With Us
My Emergency Dr is working closely with health services around Australia to enable teleconsultations wherever and whenever needed. Due to our expansion we welcome expressions of interest from FACEMs who are keen to learn more about working for us. Read on to see what our team says about the great opportunity ahead for working with My Emergency Dr.
The thought of doing medicine 'over the phone' did not appeal to me at all, initially. How would I examine the patient? How would I know if they were sick? But every one of us that has taken the leap soon realises that the specific information you gain from the hands-on examination plays almost no role in our main task as Emergency Physicians. Our role is not to make a definitive diagnosis but to decide how quickly the patient needs care. As FACEMS we know that you don’t have to touch an abdomen to diagnose peritonism [ask them to cough], you don’t have to measure a fever to know if a child is sick or well, and you don’t need to know whether the systolic BP is 180 or 200 to decide that the asymptomatic patient can stay home. Doing this job takes you back to good, honest medicine without the distraction of 'routine bloods', admission team decisions, 4-hour rules and bed block. You talk to one patient at a time and have the time to provide good care. Patients are so grateful to have specialist level care in their own home. The system has been designed by doctors so the workflow is smooth and organised. All I can recommend is that you give it a go and take the leap with us. You'll finish each shift with a sense of satisfaction knowing that you've provided great care and avoided unnecessary ED visits.
Dr Catherine Kizana , FACEM
As a FACEM I love providing emergency care at the patient's comfort and choice, My Emergency Dr is an innovative platform and a perfect fit for me.
Dr Rajeev Jarugula , FACEM
I really enjoy my work with My Emergency Dr. My Emergency Dr provides flexible, part-time, well remunerated Telehealth opportunities for FACEMs. This work enables me to use my FACEM clinical reasoning skills in both telephone and video interactions. We deal directly with patients across Australia, and also with doctors, hospital nurse practitioners and nurses in Residential Care Facilities. I have no doubt at all that My Emergency Dr makes a tangible contribution to patient safety and clinical outcomes. I have found it fairly easy to integrate it into my already busy lifestyle, because of the wide range of shift options available. My Emergency Dr is at the forefront of FACEM-level Telehealth in Australia, and has an exciting future. Highly recommend.
Dr Andrew Dean , FACEM
I started working for My Emergency Dr while on sabbatical and living overseas. Commencing the tele-medicine path was exciting and challenging for an emergency physician as I was able to treat patients outside the ED/hospital setting, in the comfort of my own home, even while I was traveling! Besides the enjoyable and fulfilling work, the supportive team at My Emergency Dr made me feel part of a big family, one that is constantly advancing and striving for the best, as pioneers in this field.
Dr Shera Leonny , FACEM
For me, working with My Emergency Dr has been the perfect foil to the frustrations of the hospital. I deal directly with patients, we develop solutions together that meet the patients' needs, and my advice and expertise is valued by both patients and the service. People don't want to go to ED unless they really need to, but are often afraid of what could be wrong. By avoiding ED attendance, we not only save the patient transfer and the ED workload, we also avoid the unnecessary 'routine' tests and procedures that can be part of the ED production line. I've lost count of how many times patients have remarked "why has no-one ever explained that to me before?" and "what a great service!
Dr Sue Ieraci , FACEM
There are few jobs as rewarding, that can be done from home, where almost every patient ends with a "thank you", for avoiding an ambulance trip, or needless visit to an ED. It’s such a pleasure to sort back pains, headaches, febrile kids, frail elderly, so they obtain timely efficient care, and all over the phone. When I diagnosed an adverse drug reaction, rather than the locally suggested meningococcal septicaemia, in a schoolchild on an overseas expedition, there were huge sighs of relief all round. Immediate access to MED had saved them thousands of dollars, or an emergency evacuation, and all because we could use the My Emergency Dr app, to see the rash, brilliant!
Dr Bryan Walpole , FACEM