Dr. Eric Forsthoefel is an emergency medicine physician based in Florida. From 1999 to 2004, Dr. Forsthoefel went to Florida State University where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Religion/Religious Studies. He received his MD from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 2009. Dr. Forsthoefel spent three years, 2009 to 2012, in an emergency medicine residency.
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At the conclusion of his residency, Dr. Forsthoefel became certified in emergency medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. After his residency, Dr. Forsthoefel has been working to care for the Tallahassee community for six years. As an emergency physician, Dr. Forsthoefel has seen patients with many medical problems ranging from heart attack to psychotic disorders.
Dr. Forsthoefel also treats a diverse group of patients. He sees people of all ages and genders. He also treats patients from low income households and high-income households. Reviews of Dr. Forsthoefel are almost all positive, and he has received endorsements from other experts of emergency medicine.
Emergency rooms have had an increasing problem across the United States, and Dr. Forsthoefel is no stranger to this problem. There is a shortage of primary care physicians all across the United States, so patients are left with little choice in finding help. Even when the problem is not an emergency, patients have been turning to emergency rooms in increasing numbers.
This puts a strain on both emergency departments and patients who have emergencies. Employees in emergency departments are spread thinner between urgent and non-urgent patients and resources are used on people who may not need them as much. Patients with actual emergencies must wait longer to receive the care they desperately need. Still, patients without emergencies have little choice in getting better.
Dr. Forsthoefel still believes that all patients that seek medical care deserve the best care available no matter the circumstances, so he helps all patients to the best of his abilities. Despite this philosophy, Dr. Forsthoefel warns that the stretched work of emergency department employees makes the team less efficient, and that the problem needs a solution before it reaches an extremely critical level.
Dr. Forsthoefel’s description of the problem lines up with major studies about the problem. Additionally, this problem has been building up for a long time, since at least 1991. Some people use emergency rooms for non-emergencies because they do not have a primary care doctor while others come because they think it will take too long to get an appointment. Studies have also found that younger people are more likely to use emergency rooms for non-urgent medical care.
Dr. Forsthoefel is a physician who specializes in emergency medicine and has received endorsements from other experts in the field. He believes in treating all patients as well as possible no matter the problem. Dr. Forsthoefel does believe that the primary care shortage is becoming dangerous for emergency departments, but there is little doubt that he will continue to provide the best care he possibly can.