Douglas S. Ander, MD
Undergrad Institution; Degree and Major:
BA Biology and Political Science at Brandeis University - Waltham, MA
Hahnemann University – Philadelphia, PA
Where and for how many years did you train AFTER medical school?
EM/IM combined residency at Henry Ford Hospital – Detroit, MI
In practice since:
How did you choose your specialty?
I always felt that Emergency Medicine embodied all the aspects of clinical medicine that I enjoyed. I also believe in the mission of treating everyone who walks through our doors. The atmosphere in the ER which is highly energetic and team oriented fits my personality.
What do you like MOST, and like LEAST, about your specialty?
Most: Caring for people and families at their time of need for their medical and emotional needs is the most important aspect of my specialty.
Least: As in much of medicine the orientation towards number of patients seen and billing with its paperwork requirements detracts from the reason why we are in medicine.
In your opinion, what attributes are important in anyone choosing this specialty?
It needs to fit your personality. It is a fast paced environment and highly distractible work place in which decisions are made with limited information. You must feel comfortable but not overly so with making these difficult decisions. Communication skills and teamwork are important attributes without which you would not be able to function in the ER. You must have the desire to care for everyone in our society.