Why is it that whenever I mention my pager, everyone acts like I have jumped in a time machine? I get that they are obsolete for most people, but they are UBUIQUITOUS in medicine, and for good reason. Cell phones don’t always have reception, you can keep your private cell number private, but, most importantly, when you get paged at say, 2am, you don’t have to be immediately awake and alert. I treasure that 1 – 2 minutes to collect myself and get into a mental space where I can respond to questions coherently.
And it’s not like people don’t know that healthcare providers use pagers, is it? Whenever anyone sees my pager, they say “you’re a doctor, aren’t you?”
Snarky jokes about pagers don’t apply to healthcare providers. That’s what I’m saying. We use them, we need them, and they serve a real purpose. Therefore, jokes like “whoa, a pager! What is it, 1991?!” are not funny.
--Contributed by Dr. Alice