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Lessons Learned From
A Career in Emergency
Medicine
Amal Mattu, MD, FAAEM, FACEP
Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Em...
Lessons Learned From
A Career in Emergency
Medicine
Lessons Learned From
A Career in EM
Amal Mattu, MD, FAAEM, FACEP
Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Emergency Medicine...
Amal Mattu, MD, FAAEM, FACEP
Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Maryland School of Me...
EMERGENCY
DEPARTMENT
The Princess Bride vs. EM
• Fencing  stabbings
• Fighting  …fighting
• Torture  fingers and tubes in every orifice
• Re...
Princess Bride Truisms
Princess Bride Truisms
• Death cannot stop true love…all it can
do is delay it for a while
Princess Bride Truisms
• Never get involved in a land war in Asia
Princess Bride Truisms
• Inconcievable!!
Princess Bride Truisms
• There’s not a lot of money in revenge
Princess Bride Truisms
• People in masks cannot be trusted
Princess Bride Truisms
• People in masks cannot be trusted
Princess Bride Truisms
• Don’t mock people’s pain
Princess Bride Truisms
• Chocolate coating makes it go down easier
My Favorite Princess Bride
Life Lessons For a Career
in Emergency Medicine
“He’s only mostly dead. Mostly
dead is still partly alive!”
Find the positives,
be an optimist!
“Be a Tigger, not an Eeyore.”
-- Randy Pausch
(1960 – 2008)
Find the positives,
be an optimist!
“Mine for gold, not dirt.”
-- Dale Carnegie (?)
(1888 – 1955)
Prepare to face the
6-fingered man
Prepare for the future…now!
Prepare for the future…now!
Prepare for the future…now!
Prepare for the future…now!
Prepare for the future…now!
Develop a resistance to
iocaine powder
Develop a resistance to
iocaine powder
“Who says life is fair?
Where is that written?”
“Who says life is fair?
Where is that written?”
“If you spend your time comparing yourself to
others you will become vain ...
Beware the 3 hazards of
The Fire Swamp
The 3 hazards of
The Fire Swamp
The Flame Spurt
“How far you go in life
Depends on you being
Tender with the young,
Compassionate with the aged,
Sympathetic with the stri...
Lightning Sand
Lightning Sand
Lightning Sand
• Mr. Miyagi: “Either
karate do, or karate
do not. Karate do
half-way  get
squished like
grape.”
Lightning Sand
• Mr. Miyagi: “Either
karate do, or karate
do not. Karate do
half-way  get
squished like
grape.”
• “Emerge...
ROUS’s
ROUS’s
Boo! Boo! Boooo!
“You had love in your hands, and you
gave it up. You treated it like garbage!”
Treat those you love
well, and don’t let go
Treat those you love
well, and don’t let go
You are making a difference!
You are making a difference!
You are making a difference!
You are making a difference!
You are making a difference!
Thanks for all you do!
amalmattu@comcast.net
Amal Mattu on Lessons from The Princess Bride
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Amal Mattu on Lessons from The Princess Bride

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A successful career in emergency medicine can be accomplished by following some basic principles in life. These principles are known to all…they are learned from parents, mentors and colleagues, but they are often at first not appreciated or recognized. Amal discusses many of these principles as he discusses an all-time classic movie, The Princess Bride. This movie, beloved by millions around the world, demonstrates and teaches many of those basic principles that, the speaker argues, can lead to a successful career in emergency medicine.

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Amal Mattu on Lessons from The Princess Bride

  1. 1. Lessons Learned From A Career in Emergency Medicine Amal Mattu, MD, FAAEM, FACEP Professor and Vice Chair Department of Emergency Medicine University of Maryland School of Medicine Baltimore, Maryland
  2. 2. Lessons Learned From A Career in Emergency Medicine
  3. 3. Lessons Learned From A Career in EM Amal Mattu, MD, FAAEM, FACEP Professor and Vice Chair Department of Emergency Medicine University of Maryland School of Medicine
  4. 4. Amal Mattu, MD, FAAEM, FACEP Professor and Vice Chair Department of Emergency Medicine University of Maryland School of Medicine Lessons Learned From A Career in EM
  5. 5. EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT
  6. 6. The Princess Bride vs. EM • Fencing  stabbings • Fighting  …fighting • Torture  fingers and tubes in every orifice • Revenge  fibromyalgia, dizzy, percocetopenia • Giants  morbid obesity • Monsters  neurosurgeons, orthopods • Chases  finding admission beds • Escapes  pts. leaving without being seen • (True?) love  chlamydia, GC, trichomonas • Miracles  bringing back the mostly-dead
  7. 7. Princess Bride Truisms
  8. 8. Princess Bride Truisms • Death cannot stop true love…all it can do is delay it for a while
  9. 9. Princess Bride Truisms • Never get involved in a land war in Asia
  10. 10. Princess Bride Truisms • Inconcievable!!
  11. 11. Princess Bride Truisms • There’s not a lot of money in revenge
  12. 12. Princess Bride Truisms • People in masks cannot be trusted
  13. 13. Princess Bride Truisms • People in masks cannot be trusted
  14. 14. Princess Bride Truisms • Don’t mock people’s pain
  15. 15. Princess Bride Truisms • Chocolate coating makes it go down easier
  16. 16. My Favorite Princess Bride Life Lessons For a Career in Emergency Medicine
  17. 17. “He’s only mostly dead. Mostly dead is still partly alive!”
  18. 18. Find the positives, be an optimist! “Be a Tigger, not an Eeyore.” -- Randy Pausch (1960 – 2008)
  19. 19. Find the positives, be an optimist! “Mine for gold, not dirt.” -- Dale Carnegie (?) (1888 – 1955)
  20. 20. Prepare to face the 6-fingered man
  21. 21. Prepare for the future…now!
  22. 22. Prepare for the future…now!
  23. 23. Prepare for the future…now!
  24. 24. Prepare for the future…now!
  25. 25. Prepare for the future…now!
  26. 26. Develop a resistance to iocaine powder
  27. 27. Develop a resistance to iocaine powder
  28. 28. “Who says life is fair? Where is that written?”
  29. 29. “Who says life is fair? Where is that written?” “If you spend your time comparing yourself to others you will become vain or bitter, for there will always be greater and lesser persons than yourself.” –Desiderata
  30. 30. Beware the 3 hazards of The Fire Swamp
  31. 31. The 3 hazards of The Fire Swamp
  32. 32. The Flame Spurt
  33. 33. “How far you go in life Depends on you being Tender with the young, Compassionate with the aged, Sympathetic with the striving, And tolerant of the weak and strong Because someday in life… You will have been all of these.” -- George Washington Carver (1864 – 1943)
  34. 34. Lightning Sand
  35. 35. Lightning Sand
  36. 36. Lightning Sand • Mr. Miyagi: “Either karate do, or karate do not. Karate do half-way  get squished like grape.”
  37. 37. Lightning Sand • Mr. Miyagi: “Either karate do, or karate do not. Karate do half-way  get squished like grape.” • “Emergency medicine, same way!”
  38. 38. ROUS’s
  39. 39. ROUS’s
  40. 40. Boo! Boo! Boooo! “You had love in your hands, and you gave it up. You treated it like garbage!”
  41. 41. Treat those you love well, and don’t let go
  42. 42. Treat those you love well, and don’t let go
  43. 43. You are making a difference!
  44. 44. You are making a difference!
  45. 45. You are making a difference!
  46. 46. You are making a difference!
  47. 47. You are making a difference!
  48. 48. Thanks for all you do!
  49. 49. amalmattu@comcast.net

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