Me: "Hey, it's April Fools!"
My co-resident: "Yeah, that's right."
Me: "We should totally play a prank on Dr. Levin!"
Resident: "Yeah, totally! But nothing too mean."
Me: "We need to brainstorm this."
We tried to come up with a good April fools prank, but then the other resident got busy on the phone, so I was left to brainstorm by myself. The schedule for the day was posted on the board behind us, so I decided to write in two add-on patients for 4PM:
Johnson, David: NEW PATIENT, chronic lower back pain
Lopez, Manuel: NEW PATIENT, possible complex regional pain syndrome
I figured two new patients with those diagnoses at 4PM was about the most horrible thing I could think of. The next time Dr. Levin came into the room, I said casually, "Yeah, I think they added a couple of new patients to the schedule for today."
Dr. Levin looked at the schedule and he groaned loudly. "Great..."
Then I got to say, "April Fools!"
My co-resident missed the whole thing because she was on the phone, but when she got off the phone, we all admired how awesome a prank it was and how the second patient REALLY sounded like someone we would get in clinic, from his name to his diagnosis.