Monday, June 21, 2010

Insane attending stories*




*All insane attending stories are 100% true

11 comments:

  1. And they weren't just messing with you?

    Wow...

    I used to think that the whole "I want you to tell me a story, but it has to be told exactly the way I'm picturing it... and I'm not going to tell you what that is until you get it wrong" was just a running joke. Turns out I just hadn't presented enough patients to enough people yet.

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  2. YOU IDIOT! YOU LEFT OUT HIS RACE, MARITAL STATUS, AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION! AND HANDEDNESS! AND HAIR COLOR! AND...

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  3. Dr. G -- Some attendings get angry if you include these other descriptors because (in their mind) you shouldn't be using race (for instance) to diagnose a patient. Others get mad if you leave this information out. You really can't win sometimes.

    F -- I had an attending like this once. Fortunately, my awesome resident warned me about him in advance. He preferred "boy" and "girl" to male and female. It seems this kind of attending is not all that rare!

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  4. Did the two of them really teleport around to switch positions a few times or is that part an embellishment :)

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  5. Hmm, adding the species is somewhat critical when we're discussing a case history, but I would've figured that in human medicine the species you were referring to was a given.

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  6. I would just say "guy" and let them sort out the rest.

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  7. There are some people with whom you just cannot win.

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  8. this is the kind of thing that just feeds upon itself. somewhere, sometime, someone did that to that attending, and somebody from your class will pass it on as well, i bet. if only there was some way to break the ugly cycle....

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  9. @ERP But "guy" is so formal. Why not "dude"?

    These comics are great!

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  10. Haha! Do we work in the same hospital? I tried that on rounds, because I was so fed up with hearing the same thing every day: "male WHAT?" So when I said: "male HUMAN," I was given a whole speech about how cases are presented in journals and why wasn't I reading, because the cases in journals always talk about men not males etc etc.

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  11. My compliments from afar.
    I think your creativity is an absolute asset to your medical career. I also do some cartooning,
    somehow, it is enjoyed much more by laymen. Our
    Asian physicians in my locality are more regid and take things too serously.

    Keep up the great work.

    painter

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