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Name: Jake Deutsch
Hometown: Atlanta GA
Specialty: Emergency Medicine
Place of Practice: Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ
Why did you want to become a doctor?
I always loved people and the "human interaction," so being a doctor allowed me to pursue my interest in science and apply it to taking care of others.
What sets you apart from other doctors in your field?
I am known as the "fastest" doctor on staff. Additionally, I really connect with patients in the brief encounter of an ER visit. Being efficient and a good listener is a real skill for ER doctors. We are too often very busy and very chaotic. It is a priority of mine to take time to listen while managing patients care expeditiously. The final goal is always give the highest level of care.
What are your 5 tips for living longer?
- Laughter is the best medicine: The ER is always crazy and a bit stressful. I always make a point to joke and have fun with my team of nurses, techs and other doctors. It melts stress and patients benefit too.
- Get out of town: Travel makes time punctuated, creates memories that make life richer and fuller. My specially allows a flexible schedule, so I go away almost every month. Seeing new places and experiencing new cultures, the mind is opened, challenged and stays sharp. A little R&R makes returning to the ER that much easier.
- Slow your roll: We are all too busy rushing through life. People are impatient, especially when they are a patient in the emergency department. Taking time to listen to my patients helps me take better care of them. Ulcers, anxiety, and hypertension directly correlate with the stress of running at a million miles per hour. In my experience patients the live the longest tend to appreciate stopping and smelling the roses.
- Food is overrated. Emergency medicine does not allow for a long lunch break - often none at all. Eating several small meals throughout the day helps keep energy high and prevents over eating. Obesity is rampant, and in my patients is always associated with greater medical complications.
- Have lots of sex: Generally patients who are sexually active are happier patients. There are not a lot of sex related emergencies I see, other than the occasional Viagra complication or lost sex toy. Even in these cases the patients generally seem more satisfied with life!