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Member Spotlight: Dr. Peter Carlson
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Next up in our Member Spotlight: Dr. Peter Carlson talking about his first code on the job and the fulfillment his career as a #lifesavER has given him. Dr. Carlson is a constituent of Senator Donna Campbell and Representative Kyle Biedermann.

That First Code

Racing past an already grieving mother, I rush into the room looking for the source of the code. My eyes go to the focal point of the room—a tiny baby who immediately needed resuscitation because of hypoglycemia. The baby was only one day old, but we were able to fully resuscitate the child before any specialist arrived.He was eventually transferred to a higher level of care and discharged only days thereafter without any residual effects.

That was my first code. A baby, with only a day of life under his belt. That code and that baby’s subsequent recovery only affirmed my lifelong dream of becoming an emergency physician.

I have been practicing medicine in the Austin area for the last year and prior to that I worked in the Houston area for 4.5 years. As the son of another Austin physician, I knew I was destined to join the field of medicine from an early age, but it was with emergency medicine that I felt I could have the greatest impact.

I have held the hands of dying patients when no one else was available. I have reassured parents stricken with anguish and worry over the rare illnesses of their children. I have had many laughs with patients, a few tears, but overall, have enjoyed a rare sense of true accomplishment during the times I leave a room knowing I actually saved a life. Emergency medicine is a truly challenging field with many demand—physical, mental, and certainly emotional. But it is a field that, despite all of the anguish, grief, and at times horror, contains those moments of true inspiration and elation, when a life is saved. I can only hope that I continue to feel that same level of emotion and motivation every day throughout my career. I am thankful every day that I chose to enter this profession, and I hope I can encourage others to do the same.




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