To protect the family name

The college of emergency medicine is a young college. The Royal College of Physicians has been about for donkeys. Most people are members of royal colleges or something or other.

We’re not very royal. We have royal patron but apparently that’s different. Emergency Medicine is still a baby speciality – most people still know the place as Casualty (before my time) or A&E (which I still call it) instead of its preferred title of the Emergency Department.

As such I think everyone still has a bit of a chip on their shoulders. Trying to bustle for significance amongst the big boys.

We now have a logo, Which is kind of disturbing when you look at it close but i suppose it fits.

They were also touting for a tag line – Craigavon Hospital used to have one – caring through commitment. Though I don’t even know what our hospitals preferred name is any more. Maybe caring through incompetence would be better.

Anyhow, not wanting to disappoint there were some rather humerous responses to the appeal for a tag line. These were published in this month’s EMJ.

[incidentally the EMJ has the annoying habit of publishing case reports the week after i see a really interesting case of that just published – ruined my bilateral ICA dissection, posterior SC joint dislocation and my luxation erecta (not what you think). I wanted to try and publish a vertical patellar dislocation but I didn’t have my camera. Such a wasted opportunity…]

Find a sample of the best below

Emergency Medicine…
– it does what it says on the tin
– EM sports, it’s in the game…
– We’re not casualty
– We don’t care first
– The thick bit of the thin red line
– Seeing your referrals cause you’re “too busy”
– We did it when they were dying…
– Dare to care in our lair of despair
– Practical solutions to ridiculous problems

And my favourite two
Emergency Medicine…
– Too clever for orthopaedics, too stupid for anaesthetics
– The sickest looked after by the thickest

I probably would have added
Emergency medicine – go get bent and come back when you’re too sick to


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