Med School Hell – I Win

This post is raw and holds nothing back. If you’re uncomfortable with vulgar language, please turn back.

February 28, 2006
By: Hoover


This is the actual evaluation that I submitted for my chief resident while on my 3rd year surgery clerkship. Nothing has been changed whatsoever. I was browsing through my comments today and happen to come across it. This asshole’s name has been removed for obvious reasons. He did, however, know who the evaluation was from at the time of submission.

Typical surgeon mentality, he fits the bill well. Mad at the world because you lost a fellowship? Pissed because, well, your life really just sucks and you know it? After experiencing this rotation, I have to say that I hate surgeons. I would never, ever choose to work with them on a daily basis. My core surgery month was perhaps the worst month of my life. OB/GYN is a close contender.

I was told the following by Dr. XXXXX on day 2 of the rotation: “No independent thoughts, no independent actions.”

Well, I took this to heart and would not do anything unless specifically told (note: I was never asked to do anything, I was always told to do it). This meant not showing up for cases unless I was specifically told to do so. As expected, I was reprimanded by Dr. XXXXX for not being in the OR during a case. No independent thoughts, no independent actions: You didn’t specifically tell me to be in the OR during the case therefore I am not to think independently nor act independently. You reap what you sow. I didn’t want to be your retractor bitch anyway, so I win.

I’ll end this with a quote:

“Surgeons have little lenses attached to their glasses in the OR; it gives them a narrow view of the world. At least they wash their hands.” -Michael Gregor, M.D.

Sums it up well, I think.

This asshole is now an attending somewhere unknown to me “living the dream.”


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This article is part of Hoover’s Med School Hell series. Med School Hell reveals the crazy truth about the crappiness of the US medical education and healthcare system … while making you laugh so hard, you’ll crap in your pants.

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