Hi, I’m Tori, (@EMcardiac) and I am a Specialist Emergency Physician working in Johannesburg, South Africa.
I clearly remember the day that I realised that Emergency medicine was for me: I was an intern working at a small district hospital in Johannesburg in the “Casualty” as it was called back then. It was meant to be a Family Medicine rotation, but turned out to be an initiation into South African Emergency Medicine instead. That day I treated a patient with pneumonia,dripped a dehydrated child, resuscitated a woman bleeding from a miscarriage and then intubated a man with a severe head injury. The variety, the uncertainty of who your next patient would be, working out a diagnosis and seeing a patient rapidly improve was immensely gratifying. I did my internship at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, better known as Bara, which was a two year rollercoaster. I loved Bara so much that I ended up doing my year of community service there, working in trauma and general surgery. During that year, during a brief psychotic episode probably induced by sleep deprivation and endless working hours, I considered a career in surgery. I subsequently returned to my senses, working in level 1 trauma Emergency departments in Private hospitals in Johannesburg the following year. It was there that I learnt and fell in love with point of care ultrasound, being very fortunate to be taught by the guru of ED echo, Professor Mike Wells. Three years later I enrolled in the programme for Emergency medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand, obtaining the Fellowship in EM (FCEM(SA)) in 2016.
My specific interests in Emergency medicine include Emergency Cardiology, Neurologic emergencies, as well as a smattering of trauma, toxicology and medical education. I love teaching on the floor and inspiring unsuspecting junior doctors to fall in love with Emergency medicine as much as I do. I am also crazy about point of care ultrasound and will probably ultrasound you if you are stationary for too long. 🙂 My focus in BadEM will be centred around point of care ultrasound and how it can assist in improve diagnosis and management in EM. I will also contribute clinical cases to highlight the fascinating yet challenging cases we see in LMICs and how to best manage our patients with our limited resources.
My time off is spent travelling locally in beautiful South Africa and exploring the world. I spend far too much time on Twitter, feeding my #FOAMed addiction. I also enjoy reading, going for a run, good restaurants and finally being Mum to a gorgeous yet manipulative Basset Hound called Rufus.