Friday, August 19, 2011

Old school

Ugh!  I find myself really frustrated with old school attendings who are sarcastic and rude to the nurses and office staff, snarky towards med students and residents because they believe us to be slackers, and then spend hours complaining about being a doctor.

A fable was told to us about how old school surgery residents would move into the call room of the hospital they worked at.  When asked why, the response was that they spent 1 day on and 1 day off.  And you know what?  They were extremely upset that they had to miss half the cases.

But you know what?  When I'm told by my clerkship director to leave at 2pm on Friday, and given the opportunity to go spend the weekend with my long-distance girlfriend and to get there before shabbos begins, that is exactly what I am going to do!  And I am not going to let these old school attendings make me feel guilty about it... (or at least try not to.)


Solitary Diner said...

I hear you on the sarcastic and rude attendings - it's incredibly disrespectful and unnecessary. In medicine, I think it's all about striking that elusive balance between hard work and enjoying life. Sounds like you're off to a good start.

Red Stethoscope said...

Good for you! I think that both "the good old days" were a different time and that people are different. Your balance is spending time with your g/f and recharging. If that helps you be a better medical student when you get back, isn't that just as beneficial? Speak the truth, woman!

physician activist in training said...

Thanks guys! It was a lovely weekend away and now I'm (somewhat) ready to go back for the last week of a somewhat boring rotation. I just need to last until friday, then I get to start the fun stuff!

Poopalontatist, MSW said...

kol hakavod... and shavua tov!