Me: "Excuse me, I'd like to speak to the surgery resident taking care of this patient?"
Nurse: "He's in surgery, so you can't contact him."
Me: "Yeah, but I need to tell him something important about his patient."
Nurse: "Well, you have to wait till the surgery is finished."
Me: "But it's almost 5. Do you know when he'll be done?"
Me: "Is there any way I can leave a message for him?"
Nurse: "No. You have to wait until the surgery is finished."
Me: "But isn't there someone answering his pager?"
Nurse: "Yes, but if you call, they'll just tell you that he's in surgery."
Me: "So what if something happens with one of his patients? Like what if the guy starts having chest pain? Doesn't someone still have responsibility for his patients?"
Nurse: "You can try paging him after the surgery."