Earlier in the week, I wrote about good qualities I look for in a med student. This, on the other hand, is the story of the worst med student I had during residency.
Generally, the med students we got were doing the rotation as an elective and therefore were interested in PM&R as a career... and many of them were specifically interested in our program. Occasionally, we got med students who were just there to have an easy rotation (although less often than you'd think).
This particular med student, Angie, seemed like she was going out of her way to try to appear uninterested in the rotation. I was generally pretty nice to the med students, but she brought out the bitch in me. For example, the following is a conversation we had after she showed up at 9:40AM for our 8AM clinic. She'd already been late every day that week.
Me: "Just FYI, if you're on a rotation that you're interested in, you should try to show up on time."
Angie: "But I thought I was doing the Sports clinic this morning."
Me: "I told you yesterday that there was no Sports clinic this morning. And even if there were Sports clinic, that starts at 9, so you're still late."
Angie: "I got lost on the way here."
Me: "Look, you don't have to make excuses. I don't care. I'm just saying that it looks bad when you're late every day. It's not something you want to do if you're interested in going to a program."
Angie: "Well, I'm not really interested in this program, I've decided."
Me: "Fine, then show up whenever you want."
I really can't imagine showing up over an hour late every day, even on a rotation I wasn't interested in. In addition, I don't think she went to even one lecture.
Angie also did this other thing that drove me crazy. Sometimes at some point during clinic, the attending would say to her, "Why don't you look up Topic X?"
So instead of looking up the topic that night at home like any half decent med student would, Angie promptly stopped seeing the patients and monopolized one of our only two computers looking up the topic for the entire rest of the day.
I had never seen anything like it. We had many other med students and not one of them thought that being told to look up a topic meant they were done with clinic for the day.
I was still not that mean to her. I think me being a bitch is probably still nicer than a lot of other residents. Even though I was still working, I asked Angie if she had her lunch at 12:30; when she said she didn't, I told her to go get something for herself.