Friday, October 14, 2011

Sense of humor

During one of my residency interviews, the program director was flipping through my resume and saw that I had been on the staff of our med school humor magazine. (A few of the cartoons I've posted her are actually reproductions of ones I did for that magazine.) He looked me over and said, "Wow, that's hard to believe."

WTF? I had just met the guy ten minutes earlier and I was on an interview. Did he expect me to have launched into a stand-up comedy bit by now? "If the little black box is so safe, why don't they make the whole plane out of the black box?" Should I have dressed up in a red rubber nose and floppy shoes? Seriously, I think you can really only be so funny during an interview.

So then, as he's flipping through my letters of recommendation, he noted that one of the doctors said I had a "good sense of humor." So I guess he decided I wasn’t lying about the humor magazine. Of course, I’m pretty sure the only reason that attending said I had a good sense of humor was because I laughed at all his jokes.

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