One thing I always found really obnoxious in residency was how you have to bow down to your eccentric attendings' little quirks.
For example, I had one attending who made us always put the plan FIRST in our H&P, rather than last, like every other doctor on the planet does it.
I had another attending who never let us call drugs by their brand name. If we said Ambien, he'd look at us like we just said something in a Martian language.
If you want to do some aspect of your job in a stupid, pointless way, that's fine. But I think it's ridiculous to impose that on other people, just because they're temporarily your underling. I mean, the point of residency is to learn how to be a doctor. And being forced to write the plan first in an H&P does nothing to get you closer to that goal.
I always said that as an attending, I would never do that. But the truth is, it's a little hard not to impose your will a little bit and make the residents do things the way you think is best.
For instance, one thing that drives me crazy is when people make their assessment and plan one big paragraph. I hate big paragraphs. It ought to be numbered! How can anyone understand it if it's not numbered?? Being numbered makes it so much easier to read!
But that's not too anal, is it?