We were fortunate to welcome Dr. Mick Connors, pediatric ER physician and creator and co-founder of Anytime Pediatrics, on the ParentMD podcast. Connors, who recently joined our Business Advisory Council as the only doctor on the panel, has a unique perspective.
Throughout his life, he's played the roles of child, parent, pediatrician, and pediatric ER physician, ultimately leading him to the work he does today. His background is the inspiration that drives his work toward sustainable pediatrics, and on the show, he shares the two things a pediatric ER doctor wants you to know:
1. This is a partnership based on trust and relationship.
Dr. Connors urges parents to understand that every doctor-patient interaction should be based on trust, and that includes time spent in the Emergency Room. Even with the limited time we are presented in most ER cases, there is an opportunity to establish trust and a relationship to get the best care for your child.
The ER experience is an extension of the medical home. So, just like with your child's primary care doctor, be willing to communicate. Know that your opinions, observations, and input matter just as much as the doctor's. Medicine is not a recipe – it's an art, and every medical interaction is different. When your child is in emergency care, you and the ER physician should work together to reach the best outcome.
2. Don't feel guilty.
You know your child. You have great judgment, and you're well aware of their limits. So if you're concerned, it's worth a trip. And if you're unsure, you can use resources like your pediatrician, an after-hours nurse line, or a pediatric resource like ParentMD for reassurance before your emergency room visit.
Regardless, Dr. Connors stresses that knowing that an emergency is not something you should feel guilty about is essential – the cost and time spent are worth it if you think your child needs the care. And if, as their parent, you are concerned, a doctor's only goal is to help you.
Rest assured that pediatric physicians are there to help kids. This is their calling, and they get great joy from seeing their patients, providing quality care, and building a relationship with their families.
Dr. Connors has a lot of wisdom to share. Get more in-depth with this topic on ParentMD's newest podcast, Relationships and Trust is Where the Magic Happens.
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