Emergency medicine is not for everyone. It’s a high-stress job that can often deal with life or death situations and require split-second decisions. Arkadiusz Jaroni has been working in this demanding field since 1993 and has developed a passion for the practice.
“My original training was in family medicine and general surgery,” says Arkadiusz Jaroni. “I completed my Doctor of Medicine at the University of Alberta, my internship at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a year of general surgery residency at the University of Calgary.”
Arkadiusz Jaroni’s career began shortly after that when he found work as a medical examiner and general/family practice physician in Mayerthorpe, Alberta.
“I was first exposed to emergency medicine in a more intense clinical setting at QE II Hospital and became immediately enthralled to the point that I left family practice to full time emergency medicine as emergency medical staff at Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. Later, I worked on the emergency medical staff at Grand River Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital Kitchener and Southampton in Ontario.”
Arkadiusz Jaroni returned to Alberta to serve on the emergency medical staff at Palliser Health Region in Medicine Hat. Five years later, St. Mary’s Hospital in Camrose, Alberta recruited Arkadiusz Jaroni to serve as its first full-time ER physician.
While working in emergency medicine means many long hours, Arkadiusz Jaroni has grown accustomed to the routine.
“It is busy, yes. But then nobody is calling you when you are not working. Practicing emergency medicine lets you have time off to do the errands you need to do – and relax and recover – uninterrupted.”
When asked what motivated him to continue in the field of emergency medicine, Arkadiusz Jaroni states simply, “Acute need.” When asked to explain, Arkadiusz Jaroni elaborates, “General family practice addresses the needs of patients in the long term. And while I still enjoy this type of practice, I also enjoy the immediacy of emergency medicine. Of the patients that come into the emergency room, more have issues that must be addressed right away. I hesitate to use the term but it’s a very “in-the-now” type of experience.”
This dedication to emergency medicine has moved Arkadiusz Jaroni to pass on his knowledge. Since 1998, Arkadiusz Jaroni has taught various life support courses. Recently, Arkadiusz Jaroni has lent his skill and knowledge to future generations of physicians by providing clinical preceptor ships through the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary.
“Emergency medicine gives me another outlet for my desire to help. As mentioned earlier, family doctors get things done and make sure that health problems don’t deteriorate unnecessarily – and that’s a very important thing. The opposite side of that coin pictures emergency doctors who address the immediate needs of those who come to the emergency room. It’s a very different experience and a very different skill set.”
No doubt Arkadiusz Jaroni’s passion for emergency medicine will continue to serve him well as he offers care to the residents of the Camrose area.
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