Sunday, April 1, 2012

Tales from Residency: April Fools

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.


  1. When I was in grad school, I left a phone message for one of the biology faculty to call Dr. Wolf as soon as possible - it was extremely urgent. The phone number I left was for the zoo. This still cracks me up when I think about the conversation between him and the zoo switchboard operator.

  2. I'm deaf, and my brain isn't letting me figure out what those names are supposed to sound like thanks to the deafness and the lack of comprehension my migraine is creating . Can anyone give me a hint as to what they are so I can get the joke? And thank god this site doesn't use the basic math captcha things, whatever they are called, because my migraine means my basic maths dyscalculia won't let me post anything right now!

  3. Moontoad: It's not like that. It's just the fact that two complicated patients were being added on late in the day.