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Featured Clinician: Ed Eppler, MD, FACEP

Posted on Mon, Aug 08, 2016
Featured Clinician: Ed Eppler, MD, FACEP

The heart and soul of our practice are our clinicians. Meet Ed Eppler, MD, FACEP, an emergency physician in Indianapolis.

Years with EmCare: 3

Years practicing medicine: 20

Why did you decide to become a doctor? Why did you choose your specialty?  I’d like to say that medicine was a lifelong dream to serve others, but in realty I think it’s as simple as both of my parents worked in hospitals while I was growing up, and I followed in my their footsteps. I chose emergency medicine while rotating on a required family practice clerkship and admitting ER patients to our service. It was an instant love affair.

What career did you want to pursue when you were younger? I started college intending to attend law school. The business classes didn’t excite me, and I switched plans toward the end of my sophomore year.

What is in the pockets of your lab coat? Lint, a stethoscope, hospital ID, and scraps of papers with patient lists

What would be your ideal category on “Jeopardy”?  History

How do you stay organized at work? When we’re super busy I use scrap paper with hand written lists of patients with what’s pending.

What’s the best advice you’ve received about work or life? Life and your career is a marathon, not a sprint. Pace yourself personally and professionally. Don’t take the bait of thinking about purchases in terms of “it’s just another shift or two every month.” Keep your bills to a minimum, and experience the freedom of working because you want to, not because you have to.
 
What do you enjoy outside of work? Running and biking, theater shows and music, Netflix lazy days

What qualities make a successful doctor? Hard work, organizational skills, and empathy.  

If you could have dinner with anyone, living or historical, who would you choose and why? Julius Caesar.

What’s the most interesting place that you’ve been? Hiking through Eastern European Alps with my son last summer.

What’s your favorite TV show? Netflix. Is there anything else?

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