I had found something that ticked all the boxes. I had a home, a team and more than enough variety to keep a generalist happy. There were plenty of opportunities for excellence. I even had enough time for a life outside of work. I remain very happy with the choice I made to become an emergency physician. I still love the challenge of diagnosis, stabilisation and treatment. I love leading the team, sharing the highs and lows with them. When I was training, the challenge for me was to become a good emergency physician. I think that happened somewhere along the way.
But now, there are other challenges and goals to face.
Watch Dr Stephen Parnis re-tell On his own terms:
On his own terms by Dr Stephen Parnis appears in EMERGENCY: Real Stories from Australia’s ED Doctors, available now from Penguin Books Australia.