UCSD Trauma Surgeon Urges Prevention First
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
WEB EXTRA |
Tom Fudge : If you suffer a stab or a gunshot wound, fall three stories while you're working your building construction job, or you're in a serious car accident, you'd better hope that there's a medical trauma center near you.
If you live in San Diego County, there probably is. But that's not the case in all parts of the country. Trauma centers are expensive to maintain and they require a large, skilled staff.
Furthermore, not a lot of med students want to go into trauma care these days. A lot of other specialties pay better. And being a trauma doctor is a life of working long late hours, and spending much of your off time being on call for emergencies.
- Dr. Raul Coimbra , chief of UCSD's Trauma Center .
- Logan Jenkins, columnist for the San Diego Union-Tribune.
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