[People] Alan Sazama, MD Insight from a PGY2, Emergency Medicine

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Alan Sazama, MD

Resident Physician, PGY2

Emergency Medicine

What is your clinical/professional background? 

I graduated from the University of South Dakota Medical school in 2014.  I started my residency at Regions Hospital in July 2014.

What do you enjoy the most about the work you do within this program?

The variety of patients we get to see, every day is different.  Love the people I get to work with from senior staff physicians, to nurses, to techs…we have a great team in the ED.

What has been successful in your program that you think would be helpful for others to know?

Early opportunities for procedural experience as an intern combined with model of graduated responsibility.  By the time we are senior residents, I feel we have had the appropriate amount of exposure to be team leaders in trauma patients and critically ill medical patients.

How does the work you do positively impact patient care?

Each patient encounter is the opportunity to provide care to someone who in all likelihood is having one of the worst days of their life.  In the emergency department, we have this unique opportunity, so I try to meet patients and families where they are at and help them through some dark times.

What are you top 3 tips for others with your similar responsibilities?

  1. Treat all patients equally, like they are your own family
  2. Nothing beats a strong work ethic, work hard while you are at work.
  3. Laugh often.  Be professional, but don’t forget the importance of your own personal well being.

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