Despite his passion for his work as an emergency physician, Dr. Eric Forsthoefel was not always sure he wanted to take the path to a career in medicine. He has been a doctor for seven years and works in Tallahassee, Florida. After receiving an undergraduate degree in Religion from Florida State University in 2004, he started his journey to becoming a doctor. He had decided towards the end of his college career that he wanted to pursue medicine. He was awarded his MD from the University of Louisville Medical School and did a residency at Louisiana State University in the emergency medicine field.
Through his training he has become adept at assessing and responding to emergency medical situations, treating patients that may be suffering from a wide array of medical concerns, such as illness, cardiac distress, trauma and fractures. With the frenetic pace and unpredictability of an emergency room, a doctor must be able to adapt to ever-changing situations. Dr. Forsthoefel credits his success as a physician to his ability to make adjustments on the fly, and deal with what can be a chaotic atmosphere. He learned that being organized is a fundamental component of being successful in an unpredictable, turbulent environment. Dr. Forsthoefel says that teamwork is critical to working in an emergency room, and seldom is success achieved alone.
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Dr. Forsthoefel is passionate about improving health care. In practice, this translates to thinking about how the system currently works to address patient ailments, and how that system can be enhanced to create an even more effective way to address patient ailments. Dr. Forsthoefel also has a deep interest in the business side of medicine. He’s drawn to searching for methods that will improve emergency health care and also explores emerging areas of the business, for example, electronic health care records.
Dr. Forsthoefel’s goals are connected to his passion for the business of health care. His short term goals deal with addressing patients’ physical ailments and his long-term goals point towards discovering ways to improve the overall system. To others who aspire to a career as a physician, his advice is that commitment to the field should be at the heart of any potential physician. He says that to be successful in medicine, one must be dedicated to a life-long devotion to learning.