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What is the difference between a trauma doctor and an ER doctor? Do they both manage the er's?

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In brief: Trauma and ER Docs

An er doc works in an er, taking care of the initial assessment of a wide range of problems.
..Heart attacks, asthma, colds, strokes, as well as trauma. A trauma doc is a surgeon, additionally trained in managing trauma cases. They don't work in the er but are called to see patients there. They may then admit them to the hospital, perform surgery on them or manage them in an icu.

In brief: Trauma and ER Docs

An er doc works in an er, taking care of the initial assessment of a wide range of problems.
..Heart attacks, asthma, colds, strokes, as well as trauma. A trauma doc is a surgeon, additionally trained in managing trauma cases. They don't work in the er but are called to see patients there. They may then admit them to the hospital, perform surgery on them or manage them in an icu.
Dr. Andrew Glantz
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Dr. Jon Krook
Surgery
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In brief: A big difference

A trauma doctor is usually a surgeon.
In some trauma hospitals the inital trauma resuscitation is run only by the surgeon, some by the ed doctors with the surgeons help. The trauma surgeon is the one that will take care of you in the hospital in most higher level trauma centers.

In brief: A big difference

A trauma doctor is usually a surgeon.
In some trauma hospitals the inital trauma resuscitation is run only by the surgeon, some by the ed doctors with the surgeons help. The trauma surgeon is the one that will take care of you in the hospital in most higher level trauma centers.
Dr. Jon Krook
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Dr. Abraham Houng
Critical Care

In brief: Surgeon vs ER

Trauma doctor are surgeons.
Usually they are trained in general surgery, and has an addition training in trauma. ER doctors are trained in ER medicine; they see all types of emergencies, from orthopedic injuries to strokes to heart attacks.

In brief: Surgeon vs ER

Trauma doctor are surgeons.
Usually they are trained in general surgery, and has an addition training in trauma. ER doctors are trained in ER medicine; they see all types of emergencies, from orthopedic injuries to strokes to heart attacks.
Dr. Abraham Houng
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Dr. Theodore Shybut
Sports Medicine

In brief: Overlapping roles

"trauma dr" is a general surgeon w/ specialty training in trauma/trauma surgery; they typically work at level-i trauma centers that see high energy injuries/polytrauma and perform emergency surgery; "er dr" is a physician trained in emergency medicine-some work in level-is like trauma docs, some work lower acuity ers or urgent care clinics; they perform many procedures in er but not surgery in or.

In brief: Overlapping roles

"trauma dr" is a general surgeon w/ specialty training in trauma/trauma surgery; they typically work at level-i trauma centers that see high energy injuries/polytrauma and perform emergency surgery; "er dr" is a physician trained in emergency medicine-some work in level-is like trauma docs, some work lower acuity ers or urgent care clinics; they perform many procedures in er but not surgery in or.
Dr. Theodore Shybut
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