First Call with Your First Emergent Case as an Attending
Your first emergency case as an attending surgeon will be a very exciting and stressful experience no matter how many years of training that you have under your belt between residency and fellowship. Your first goal is to stay calm and composed, remembering that you have been trained well and are capable of handling the situation. Make sure that YOU explain all of the risk and benefits of the surgery with the patient and family. Reviewing any labs and radiology studies and having a plan before you walk into the operating room will be very helpful. There is no fault in calling a mentor for questions or asking one of your partners to come into the operating room to help.