Name: Wendy Chan
Location: Williamsburg, NY
Occupation: soon-to-be emergency medicine resident physician / filmmaker
Wendy Chan began her sojourn into emergency medicine by volunteering at the emergency department in an Oakland, California hospital. At the time she was working full-time as a video producer, but she had no idea how much like a movie her life was about to get.
“On my first or second day in the hospital, a paramedic shoved a bag of ice into my hand and said to me, “Make sure the patient we just brought in from the motorcycle accident gets his gum” and I thought, “Gum?” Then I looked down and saw I was holding the guy’s “thumb”. The medical team later reattached the guy’s thumb and I remember thinking, “Wow! It must be wonderful to be able to help people in such a profound way on a daily basis.”