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Allison Tadros, M.D.

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Allison Tadros, MD
West Virginia University
Professor, Clerkship Director, Emergency Medicine

Allison Tadros, M.D.

Board Certification: Emergency Medicine

Medical School: West Virginia University

Residency: SUNY Stony Brook

Faculty Rank: Associate Professor

Special Clinical/Research Interests:As an emergency physician, you have no special clinical interest, you treat whatever comes through the door. My research interests include pediatric injuries, geriatrics, stroke, and substance abuse.

Is there a particular population of students (e.g., ethnicity, spiritual, sexual orientation) that you would particularly like to advise?

I would be happy to advise anyone.

What does a typical day in the life of an Emergency Medicine physician include?

There is no typical day in emergency medicine. I work days, evenings, and overnights. One nice thing is that I always know when my clinical hours will start and finish, and I don’t have a pager when I leave work. The types of patients and illnesses I will encounter during my shift is always a surprise!

What is the biggest challenge of being an Emergency Medicine physician?

As an emergency physician, you will likely work nights, weekends, and more holidays than in other specialties (unless you are in a practice that has dedicated night docs). This can be hard on your family life. But there will also be weekdays that you are not scheduled to work, which can be helpful for running errands and getting involved in activities with your children and community. This is especially true for a community emergency physician who will have less non-clinical work to do.

How do you foresee Emergency Medicine changing over the next 20 years?

It is very hard to predict the impact that health care reform will have on the house of medicine. The number of visits to emergency departments continues to grow each year and there are still not nearly enough board certified emergency physicians to cover the existing emergency departments. Therefore, I think a residency-trained emergency physician will have no problem finding a job for many years to come.

What advice would you give a student who is considering a Emergency Medicine residency?

The mantra of many emergency physicians is work hard, play hard. Emergency physicians are overall a very fun and easy-going group of individuals. As an emergency physician, you will have a very broad knowledge base and feel comfortable evaluating a wide variety of patient complaints. If you like the flexibility of being able to move around without having to build up a new practice, emergency medicine is a perfect specialty. You can also choose to work in a small, rural ED with low volumes and work a couple of 24 hour shifts a week. Or you can work in a fast-paced large volume ED for 8 hour shifts. There are countless practice possibilities. And you will never be bored…I promise!