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Nobody wears a white coat any more...
...a tribute to becoming a doctor.
One for the road....
The other day, several months ago, in the hospital:
Cue me, sitting at a random charting/nurses workstation desk in the back room of the Infant ward, writing notes. The telephone rings.
Me: Infant workroom, this is Nykki.
Caller: Hi, this is Dr. XYZ, and I was paged about three hours ago. I've been in surgery and just got out. Anyone around there who paged me?
Me: Um, I'm not sure, Doctor. Just a moment.
I go up front and ask the nurses if anyone paged Dr. XYZ. They all, unsurprisingly, say no. I look around a bit before returning to the phone.
Me: No, sir, they seem to have left.
Caller: Hm, figures. All right, well, if you see anyone who paged me, tell them to page me again. I'm going home.
Me: Yes, sir, I'll do that.
We hang up.

Hospitals are big places. Academic institutions are even bigger. All of the 30 kids on the Infant unit are being managed by a minimum of 2 different teams, usually more like 5. All of those teams have at least four residents, plus attendings, plus medical students. We all have things to do, even the medical students.
Three hours after you got the page? Why even bother? Surely, after four years of college, four years of medical school, and at least seven years of surgical residency you'd know better.

now feeling:: amused amused

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cheyinka From: cheyinka Date: January 13th, 2004 08:46 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)
I was directed to http://forbidden.dough.net/~archon/cgi-bin/ljfrcomp.cgi during my boredom-induced web browsing... and then I noticed that you listed me as a friend but I didn't. So I fixed that.
Heyla. :)
ayradyss From: ayradyss Date: January 14th, 2004 01:40 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
Heyla :) I think I found your journal going through the Ansible LJ community, and went "Augh! Chey!"
Feeding your deadjournal too :)
cheyinka From: cheyinka Date: January 14th, 2004 11:00 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
I saw that. Want a deadjournal code? I have two that aren't doing anything.

Hehe. I like provoking the "Augh!" reaction in people.
From: clypheous Date: January 13th, 2004 09:18 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)
Are you under the impression that Professional School makes us have more common sense? That's a good one. Really they teach us to be good at what we do, but beyond that school just makes us even more of space-cases because our minds are so full of all this stuff they make us learn.

And you called him "Sir" I've never heard you call ANYONE sir before. Wow. :) I wish you well, I'm looking forward to you getting a little time off so you can relax a bit.
ayradyss From: ayradyss Date: January 14th, 2004 01:42 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
I call every doctor "sir" and every nurse "Ma'am" and I say please and thank you more than I ever have in my whole life. Scary, ain't it?
From: clypheous Date: January 14th, 2004 06:30 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
Well, I guess it's similar in law school, we call everyone Mr. or Ms. whatever. Or sometimes "The honorable gentleman, lady, etc" I can't really remember calling anyone "sir" though. I think mostly because we're still in a teaching environment, so our authority figures are still "Professor"
fyrfitrmedic From: fyrfitrmedic Date: January 14th, 2004 01:28 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
I wish I could say that surprised me...
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