Friday, March 13, 2009

Conversations with Med Students

Some of them astound me.

Dr. K.: "We are meeting today to discuss the fact that you are consistently late. This is unacceptable behaviour from a medical student at this level of training. What would you like to say in your defense?"

Student: "Yep, this has been a problem since I was in high school. I remember my high school principal calling me in many time to discuss this same thing."

*long pause*

Dr. K:. "And?''

Student: "And what?"

Dr. K.: *trying to hide a visible sigh*

Dr. K.: "Let's move on: what are you doing to try to improve upon the fact that you are consistently late?"

Student: "That's a great question. If you have any ideas I'd love to hear them".

At this point I want to shoot myself in the head. It would be less painful.


Bardiac said...

And you teach, what, students from the top 10% of college graduates?

Imagine what the others do to those of us who teach all the undergrads, and then join in awe for the K-12 teachers who teach the ones who REALLY don't want to be there!

adam said...

how did these people pass the interview process??? grrr.

Dragonfly said...

Ah, yet another intelligent dumbass.

Midwife with a Knife said...


How about "buy an alarm clock!"

medstudentitis said...

Oh jeez. A few people in my class have a similar problem. It really bothers those of us who are so paranoid we're 15 minutes early for everything. I have a suggestion: set your watch and clock 10 minutes early.

Pending, P.A. said...

In all fairness, the doctor I work for shows up a minimum of 20 minutes after the first person is scheduled.

Sorry I just always have to play devil's advocate for the students, since I am one.

Dragonfly said...

Quite true. I have sat there for half an hour (with patients banking up) while the doctor debates which merlot with his wine club salesman over the phone. Or various others. I hope I don't do anything like that when working but definitely would be mortified if I was running late now as a student.