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(Editor’s Note: Dr. Kella’s story reflects my own personal journey as an Emergency Physician. All conscientious healthcare providers eventually come to a patient who transforms the way they practice. The lesson in Dr. Kella’s story is especially important for those of us who practice in the Emergency Department, where we set the expectations for our patients and families, and we set the course of care with the therapies that we initiate (or not).  It is within our power to change the destinies of those whom we serve, to relieve and prevent their suffering, instead of allowing and creating more.- Monica Williams-Murphy, MD)

Dr Vipul Kella, Vice-Chairman of Emergency Medicine, So. Maryland Hospital

Dr Vipul Kella, Vice-Chairman of Emergency Medicine, So. Maryland Hospital

When I graduated residency and started my first job, I walked around the ED confidently, chest slightly pumped up at all times. I knew I was well-trained. If there was a sick patient, I was going to resuscitate them. If there was an impossible central line that was needed – I was going to get it. Difficult intubation? No problem. There was no procedure that was too difficult for me. Continue reading