Thursday, May 19, 2011

Med School Stories: Balls

Who's got balls? Me. (Sometimes.)

During my Emergency Medicine rotation in med school, I was supposed to stay in my ER shift until 8PM. But at 6PM there wasn't a lot to do and the ER attending told me he didn't have time for me. We had to write up a few cases from the rotation, so I said, "How about if I go to the library and work on my write-up now?"

If he had been nice, he would have said, sure, go work on it and I'll see you tomorrow. But instead he told me to go work on it and then COME BACK afterwards. This attending was very suspicious of med students and would never sign my attendance sheet until the last thirty seconds of the shift, because he said when he was a med student, he used to always sneak out early. (Me: "And look how great a doctor you turned out to be!")

So naturally, instead of working on the write-up, I went out to dinner with a friend of mine for two hours. When I came back and made a show of being there, he was like, "So let's see your write-up!"

Uh oh.

So here comes that ballsy part: I said to him, "Oh, I didn't print it out." Then I added: "Would you like me to go print it now?"

Hold your breath...

"No, that's okay," he said.

What if he had said yes? I don't know what I would have done. Claimed the printer was broken? Gone to the library and started typing like crazy? Probably the latter.


  1. Hey! Quick thinking is a needed skill in medicine!

  2. That's awesome. You want to know who DOESN'T have balls? Me.

  3. Wow, that's great. I think I would've panicked and been found out.

  4. Haha, oh my. That'd shove my stomach right up into my throat.

  5. Not medical, BUT
    When Stubble was back in High School he had to do a final assignment for French class. They could recite a poem in French, read part of a novel or essay in French, etc. He chose to play the Marseilles (sp?) on his saxophone. At the end, the teacher asked for his written report (the class didn't KNOW that there was a written requirement for the assignment. He quickly said, "Would you like my music? I had to transpose it."
    She accepted it.

  6. I had a friend once fake an entire dietary survey of a family during our community health posting. In front of the entire class.

    I almost bowed down to her :P

  7. Actually, I think it's not so much that I have balls, but probably more than I'm a really good liar.

  8. two hour dinner break?! that's just wrong!

    oh, the lying part. major balls and props.