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An acronym that stands for "Get Out of My ER". The term was popularized by the 1978 novel The House of God by Samuel Shem (pen-name of Stephen Bergman). In this book, the word is applied to patients who are frequently admitted with complicated but uninspiring and incurable conditions.


GOMER (plural GOMERs)

  1. An undesirable patient or a patient who does not need medical care.
    That patient is a total GOMER. Turf him and let's get some lunch.


  • Shem MD, Samuel. The House of God. (1978). Dell Publishing, New York.