Sensitivity Nazis

February 27, 2006 | Leave a Comment

Dissent Will Not Be Tolerated You are about to run the guantlet of the vast subculture in medical education devoted to sensitivity training. Your personal views, the values instilled by your parents, or your religious beliefs are about to be dismissed as detrimental to your functioning as a physician. All of these must be replaced […]

The Two Week Rule Eventually you will fill all of the pockets of your white coat with various pocket reference books, tools, and pens the wieght of which will suprise you. These things will accumulate on you like barnacles on a whale and you will be reluctant to scrape them off against the possibility that […]

Save Your Money As you can imagine, medical school is a fairly expensive undertaking. It will also consume huge quantities of your time. With this in mind I’d like to go over a few things that you do and do not need either because they are expensive or because they will complicate your life rather […]

Talking Turkey

February 22, 2006 | Leave a Comment

I’m Not in it for My Health Folks, there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to make a good income at your chosen profession or with trying to get the best salary you possibly can on the basis of your skills. And I don’t really care if the door greeter at Wal-Mart thinks it’s unfair […]

All Dressed Up, Nowhere to Go Are you essential to the running of the OR? Will your skills be of any value? Of course not. On the other hand, just because you don’t know your ass from a hole in the ground when it comes to surgery does not mean that the team does not […]

Is This Person a Tool? 1. Asks questions during lecture, especially near the end when everybody else just wants to get a break. Folks, lectures are mostly a passive affair more often than not delivered straight from the Power-point slides. This is why most lectures are sparesly attended. In the old days we relied on […]

Gallows Humor

February 18, 2006 | Leave a Comment

Compassion Fascists No matter what you think now or what you wrote on your AMCAS personal statement, as you mature you will find a great deal of humor in your patients, even some who are pretty sick. This is called “gallows humor” or “black comedy.” Some try to pass this off as a coping mechanism […]

Yes, the Scrub Nurse is Laughing at You The dreaded day has arrived. You are on your first surgery rotation. After a brief orientation you are told to report to the operating room to “scrub in” for your first surgey. Get ready to run the gauntlet. You have the potential, in the next few hours, […]

You Are Worthless and Weak What is rounding? At it’s most basic, rounding is the process of visiting hospitalized patients as part of a team. The team usually consists of an Attending Physician, a collection of upper level and junior residents and medical students. The Attending Physician, or the “Attending” is the boss. He is […]