During second year of med school, most schools have a lottery to decide on what the third year rotations will be.
Prior to our 3rd year clerkship lottery, we voted on special considerations for the clerkship lottery. Basically, students emailed in their special needs, such as people who had kids requested to have all their rotations at the university hospital rather than satellite hospitals over an hour away. Other people had requests to take an elective month at a certain time due to getting married, their wife's due date, a parent with recently diagnosed cancer having surgery, etc. Most requests were pretty reasonable, I thought.
Out of our class of 100+ students, 12 anonymously asked for special considerations. Out of the 12, 10 passed through our class vote.
Anyway, the day after we found out which requests passed, one woman in our class sent out the following email:
This is ridiculous! Many of those reasons were absolutely silly. What was the percent of votes needed to pass this anyway? I can't believe the votes passed with those stupid reasons these students gave.
Because for one thing, if your parents are ill, get a visiting nurse, since there is nothing you can do while you are studying anyway. Secondly, all these people that want to take care of their family or assist with their wife's pregnancy or take care of the children or see your children and all that... well, we all have loved ones we would like to see as often as possible, but because we chose such a demanding profession, we simply don't necessarily have that luxury. We just make it work without having to subject our colleagues to it. If it matters so much, have your family member move to where you are or you can commute or hire a baby sitter that can pick your children up from school.
I easily could have said something equally lame, but I sacrificed and let people with more important reasons have their say. But all these crazy reasons, I tell you, is unfair to the class as a whole and it is especially unfair to people that had good reasons but took the initiative to find solutions to their issues.
We all just kind of thought she was a crazy bitch. What do you think?