One of your most important duties as a medical student is helping your attending in the bathroom. Even if they don’t look like they want your assistance, they absolutely do. When a good medical student sees their attending enter the restroom, they stay close behind.
The first important job of a medical student is to make sure the bathroom stall is fully equipped before the attending enters:
If the stall is in any way inadequate, it is your duty to correct it. Bring paper towels to clean off the seat. If the floor is very wet, put your white coat on the floor so the attending does not ruin his shoes. If your attending is female, you may be asked to hold a purse or dispose of a used Tampax product.
Now look at the following case study, in which the attending seems displeased. What is the medical student doing wrong?
You guessed it: a good medical student would have replaced the urinal cake without having to ask! You should anticipate your attending’s needs in advance, as this honors-level student did:
You are now ready to accompany your attending into the bathroom and earn a glowing recommendation to the residency of your choice.