Dr. Eric Forsthoefel wasn’t always sure he wanted to be a doctor. He earned an undergraduate degree in religion at Florida State University and as the time came for the end of school, he could no longer deny that his true life’s passion was medicine. He is now an emergency physician in Tallahassee, Florida.
As he has pursued his passion, he’s come to find that being detail oriented and organized are skills that are surprisingly useful in the practice of medicine. An emergency room is a chaotic place. It’s also fast-paced. He deals with patients who have experienced recent trauma, or are having cardiac distress, fractures, or other acute illnesses. These are patients who need care urgently.
In this chaotic environment, Dr. Eric Forsthoefel has found that organization and proper systems are the antidote to the unpredictable nature of emergency patient care. Systems that are firmly in place can help save time when it matters most.
He has taken his passion for medicine and expanded it to the greater systems in the business of medicine in order to improve patient care.
Beyond organization, he’s found that another key element is teamwork. The more they work together to improve things in the workplace the happier everyone is at their jobs and the better provided patient care.
None of these elements–a dedication to medicine, organization, or teamwork–would be as useful as they are if Dr. Eric Forsthoefel wasn’t passionate about his work. That passion makes him curious to find the best answers when treating his patients in the moment and leads him to find better organization systems, encourages him to work with his team, and even to look into better electronic healthcare records systems.
Medicine requires a lifelong dedication to learning. It isn’t a career meant for someone who needs instant gratification. You have to learn new techniques, new technologies, and stay up to date on the latest research in the field. This is especially true in emergency medicine. If someone wasn’t truly passionate about medicine, they wouldn’t have it in them to fulfill the needs of this career over the long term. Dr. Eric Forsthoefel takes his passion for medicine and uses it to see him through the in and out of improving patient care every day in his emergency room.