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Butch Humbert, MD always knew he wanted to be doctor. In high school, he worked as a transportation aide in a local emergency department and fell in love with the environment.
“I enjoyed the variety, the pace, the kind of camaraderie and the teamwork you experience in the emergency room,” Dr. Humbert said. “I think it's one the reasons why I still love it today.”
Building and nurturing a sense of team and sharing his love of emergency medicine are two of the traits Dr. Humbert hopes he’s brought to the job of emergency medicine residency program director, a position he’s held for the past seven years. On June 30, 2022, he stepped down from the post, returning to full-time clinical practice at Eskenazi Health.
Imagine arriving at the bedside of a patient who has taken a massive overdose of a tricyclic. Though you are well trained and utterly prepared to treat the wide complex tachycardia that appears before your eyes, your Pyxis is bare and there is no bicarb to be had. Luckily, all you have to do is calculate the equivalent millimoles of sodium found in a “Hot Salt” formulation and give that. Or, keep reading for tips and tricks to avoid the math and find an easier alternative.
“Prepare for the unexpected” might be the understatement of the year when considering the ups and downs of learning and working through a pandemic. But for Emergency Medicine residents and fellows, it’s also the enduring theme of Disaster Day, one of the most eye-opening educational exercises of this pandemic year—or any year for that matter.