My first introduction to emergency medicine came by way of a procedures course in medical school. After practicing intubation and drawing arterial blood gases (ABG) my curiosity was more than piqued. That interest quickly solidified into a passion after a spending a month in the ED as a medical student and working as the hour flew by unnoticed. It was the broad base of clinical problems, the added mixture of procedures, the general applicability of emergency medicine, and of course the excitement and chaos that attracted me to this field. It seemed like the easiest way I could help people and something I could do anytime and anywhere. So far, I'm happy with that decision.
When I am not in the ER I spend my time with the people around me, or flight instructing in the bay area, or playing basketball versus 20 year-old students at the Stanford gym (while trying to preserve my meniscus). I've never had much money but what little I have had I spent on traveling. I'm not sure if that qualifies as an addiction.
I hope to combine my interests in the future and practice emergency medicine oversees or in the vein of aerospace medicine by working with NASA.