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Become An Emergency Room Physician

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Working As An Emergency Room Physician

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $180,320

    Average Salary

What Does An Emergency Room Physician Do

An Emergency Room Physician provides medical treatment to patients requiring acute and life-saving care. They keep them alive so they can receive the proper treatments.

How To Become An Emergency Room Physician

Physicians and surgeons have demanding education and training requirements. Almost all physicians complete at least 4 years of undergraduate school, 4 years of medical school, and, depending on their specialty, 3 to 7 years in internship and residency programs.


Most applicants to medical school have at least a bachelor's degree, and many have advanced degrees. Although no specific major is required, all students must complete undergraduate work in biology, chemistry, physics, math, and English. Students also take courses in the humanities and social sciences. In addition, some students volunteer at local hospitals or clinics to gain experience in a healthcare setting.

Medical schools are highly competitive. Most applicants must submit transcripts, scores from the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and letters of recommendation. Schools also consider an applicant’s personality, leadership qualities, and participation in extracurricular activities. Most schools require applicants to interview with members of the admissions committee.

A few medical schools offer combined undergraduate and medical school programs that last 6 or 7 years.

Students spend most of the first 2 years of medical school in laboratories and classrooms, taking courses such as anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology, psychology, medical ethics, and the laws governing medicine. They also gain practical skills, learning to take medical histories, examine patients, and diagnose illnesses.

During their last 2 years, medical students work with patients under the supervision of experienced physicians in hospitals and clinics. Through rotations in internal medicine, family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery, they gain experience in diagnosing and treating illnesses in a variety of areas.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Physicians and surgeons need to be excellent communicators. They must be able to communicate effectively with their patients and other healthcare support staff.

Compassion. Physicians and surgeons deal with patients who are sick or injured and may be in extreme pain or distress. Physicians and surgeons must be able to treat patients and their families with compassion and understanding.

Detail oriented. Physicians and surgeons must ensure that patients are receiving appropriate treatment and medications. They must also monitor and record various pieces of information related to patient care.

Dexterity. Physicians and surgeons must be good at working with their hands. They may work with very precise and sometimes sharp tools, and mistakes can have serious consequences.

Leadership skills. Physicians who work in their own practice need to be effective leaders. They must be able to manage a staff of other professionals to run their practice.

Organizational skills. Some physicians own their own practice. Strong organizational skills, including good recordkeeping, are critical in both medical and business settings.

Patience. Physicians and surgeons may work for long periods with patients who need special attention. Persons who fear medical treatment may require more patience.

Physical stamina. Physicians and surgeons should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as lifting or turning disabled patients. Surgeons may spend a great deal of time bending over patients during surgery.

Problem-solving skills. Physicians and surgeons need to evaluate patients’ symptoms and administer the appropriate treatments. They need to do this quickly if a patient’s life is threatened.


After medical school, almost all graduates enter a residency program in their specialty of interest. A residency usually takes place in a hospital and varies in duration, generally lasting from 3 to 7 years, depending on the specialty.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require physicians and surgeons to be licensed; requirements vary by state. To qualify for a license, candidates must graduate from an accredited medical school and complete residency training in their specialty.

All physicians and surgeons also must pass a standardized national licensure exam. M.D.s take the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). D.O.s take the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA). For specific state information about licensing, contact your state’s medical board. 

Certification is not required for physicians and surgeons; however, it may increase their employment opportunities. M.D.s and D.O.s seeking board certification in a specialty may spend up to 7 years in residency training; the length of time varies with the specialty. To become board certified, candidates must complete a residency program and pass a specialty certification exam from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), or the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS).

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Real Emergency Room Physician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Emergency Room Physician Anderson Regional Medical Center Meridian, MS Sep 15, 2012 $438,270
Emergency Room Physician Anderson Regional Medical Center Meridian, MS Jun 24, 2015 $438,270
Emergency Physician Steel Valley Emergency Physicians, LLC Steubenville, OH Apr 01, 2014 $332,800
Emergency Room Physician Breech Regional Medical Center Lebanon, MO Jul 01, 2010 $317,200
Pediatric Emergency Room Physician Emergency Care Specialists, PC Grand Rapids, MI Oct 01, 2015 $310,963
Emergency Physician Centra Southside Community Hospital Farmville, VA Jul 31, 2011 $303,600
Emergency Physician Centra Southside Community Hospital Farmville, VA Aug 01, 2011 $303,600
Emergency Room Physician Central Lakes Physicians Pa Crosby, MN Oct 01, 2012 $302,615
Emergency Physician Steel Valley Emergency Physicians, LLC Steubenville, OH Sep 01, 2012 $300,000
Emergency Physician Steel Valley Emergency Physicians, LLC Steubenville, OH Jul 09, 2015 $300,000
Emergency Physician Northwestern Medical Center, Inc. Saint Albans, VT Aug 16, 2011 $299,547
Staff Emergency Room Physician Northeast Tennessee Emergency Physicians, P.C. Rogersville, TN Jan 07, 2016 $250,440 -
Emergency Room Physician EPMG of Michigan P C Wyandotte, MI Jul 01, 2010 $250,440 -
Physician-Emergency Services Midwest Emergency Department Specialists, Ltd. Springfield, IL Dec 01, 2014 $250,440
Emergency Room Physician Emergency Physicians Medical Group of Mi, P.C. Wyandotte, MI Jul 01, 2010 $250,440 -
Emergency Physician Hartford Hospital Hartford, CT Jul 01, 2010 $250,440
Emergency Room Physician Tacoma Emergency Medicine Associates Federal Way, WA Mar 16, 2015 $250,000
Emergency Room Physician The Mount Sinai Community Foundation Chicago, IL Jul 01, 2014 $250,000
Emergency Room Physician Department of Veterans Affairs, Eastern Ks Health Topeka, KS Jan 01, 2014 $220,000
Physician-Emergency Services Midwest Emergency Department Specialists, Ltd. Jacksonville, IL Apr 22, 2014 $219,135 -
Emergency Physician Victoria Emergency Associates, LLC Victoria, TX Oct 05, 2009 $219,135
Emergency Physician The Health Care Authority of The City of Huntsvill Huntsville, AL Oct 29, 2013 $218,400
Emergency Physician Emergency Physicians of Salina, LLC Salina, KS Sep 01, 2009 $216,000
Emergency Physician Emergency Physicians of Salina, LLC Salina, KS Oct 01, 2009 $216,000
Emergency Physician Emergency Physicians of Salina, LLC Salina, KS Sep 10, 2009 $216,000

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Top Skills for An Emergency Room Physician


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Top Emergency Room Physician Skills

  1. Emergency Medicine
  2. Major Trauma
  3. Physical Examination
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Full range of emergency medicine; medical director emergency services; paramedic and EMT instructor/trainer
  • Initial evaluation and stabilization of major trauma, and medical emergencies.
  • Recommended the required diagnostic tests based on medical history and results of physical examination.
  • Assist Emergency room Physicians with suturing lacerations.
  • Assisted attending physician in all aspects of medical care (diagnosis, delivery and minor surgery).

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