Monday, March 1, 2010

The List

Warning:: This may be a work related rant. This does not include every person of the specific group of people I am going to talk about.

After an eventful Friday at AMC (aka, the full-time job), I decided people should know that I have "The List."

This is a list that the public should be aware of.

After working with med students for almost 2 years, it has come to my attention that some people just should have done more soul searching before they decided that practicing medicine was what they should do in life.

Seriously. I work with 3rd year medical students. As in, students who are in their second-to-last-year-before-they-can-write-MD-after-their-name.

And some of these students I would not allow to touch my worst enemies dog with a 10 foot pole. Therefore, I have a "list" of students who, when they become Drs, would be allowed to come near any member of my family. This list, is MUCH shorter than the list of Drs who will NOT be allowed near anyone I have ever met.

The things that students can come to you about seem to be ridiculous. I have spoken with the students who I would allow to be my families physician about this. There are groups of people who just don't seem to grasp #1) professionalism and #2) how to talk to people with respect, and or deal with the public.

Med students have to INTERVIEW to get into programs. How some of these people get into these schools is shocking. Some of them have ZERO people skills. Some of them have been spoon-fed so far through life that when they meet me, they are... how would you like to say... shocked that I am not going to feed into the "medical school babying" that occurs.

I tell them that I give them everything they need to succeed. Literally, everything. And yet, the silly questions and the silly phone calls and just the pure silliness that comes my way is astounding.

Totally not cool.

And yet, there are people like JS who are going to absolute MEDICAL ALL STARS. Seriously, Dallas, you don't even know what you're getting in June. I might just have to take my very future, far off children to the ERs in Dallas, because well... you can best believe from working with certain students, I am not going to be going to AMC's ER.

Don't get me wrong. Not every student is unintelligent. For example, take this picture for instance. It's the "How to figure out what you should actually do as a Dr flow chart." It's fabulous. And completely accurate.

I figure, that if students can't talk to the people who are looking to help them succeed through their $200,000 of debt, they really shouldn't be talking to real life patients. Ever.
Rarr. Hear. Me. Roar. Because sometimes, people need to realize the path you signed up for. And for med students, it's that you're going to be a Dr. That means being on call, working during holidays, being tired, figuring things out on your own, perservering, staying organized, and working with others effectively. The. End.


  1. Oh, Whitney, I love your posts. They make me laugh, even when I don't want to on a day like today. Thanks!

  2. Hahaha glad you liked it, and I'm glad it made you smile! Congrats on going back to school, that's awesome! You have to be so excited!