The medical hierarchy: a visual guide

Discussion in 'General Residency Issues' started by group_theory, 09.04.07.

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  1. group_theory

    group_theory EX-TER-MIN-ATE!' SDN Administrator 10+ Year Member

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    Blue Dog Avec caféine. SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

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    I love Michelle's cartoons...she totally nails it, every time. :laugh:
     
  4. Agreed, it's the only medical blog I go to!
     
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    That's a nice pic and all but I don't understand why residents are so often sloppy looking. It's not too hard to wear a clean shirt, slacks, tie, and make sure your hair is neat. Attendings often work just as hard as residents and most of them look neat and professional. You don't have to wait until you're an attending to look the part.
     
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    Lack of sleep resets your priorities. Looking great is low on that list.
     
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    :laugh:

    Talk to us when you become a resident!
     
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    Seriously. I'm MSIII, and I already switched to the low maintenance haircut. Showers are now PRN.
     
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    I looked at that cartoon, and then looked at myself in the mirror and realized that is exactly what I look like today.

    However, I do make an effort at least to smell nice (not perfumey, but at least clean). Stinky patients come with the job, but stinky fellow residents make life really unpleasant.
     
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    Agreed, smelling decent is an absolute and not very hard even in the direst of circumstances.

    Step 1: Use kick-arse antiperspirant (...I like Degree)
    Step 2: After it wears off a bit, take a Turkish Bath* (5 minutes) and add more antiperspirant.
    Step 3: Repeat until you can take a shower


    *I should mention that Turkish Bath is slang for using a wet wash-towel with soap to clean your body (and especially the underarms) in front of a sink.
     
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    nothing is worse than being in the trenches with someone who smells horrible. For the sake of all parties, bathe and observe proper hygiene.
     
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    Agreed. You should at least make an attempt to smell good.
     
  13. When post-call, try to shower...or at least change your clothes and scrubs.

    At the VERY least, brush your teeth!!!
     
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    Attendings don't "often work just as hard", especially in Internal Medicine. Scrubs are professional, and as an attending, I'll keep on wearing scrubs, but that's just another perk of Anesthesiology. :thumbup:

     
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    Or wear some light cologne. The nurses will love you!
     
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    But the patients won't, particularly those who are already nauseated. Take a shower, and save the cologne for date night. ;)
     
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    As long as it's a "clean" and "airy" fragrance, I don't see a problem. Patients love clean smelling docs!

     
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    I think I'm the only resident at my hospital who showered, shaved, brushed his teeth, and changed scrubs sometime during the night when he was on call. It only takes about ten minutes, you feel better about being post-call, and you don't slime around looking like an ass-bag. I'm all about being comfortable (which is why I prefer scrubs to street clothes) but seriously, even on the nights when I just could not shave or shower I at least brushed my teeth.

    Hint: Every floor on the hospital has soap, razors, and shaving cream in their supply rooms. No need to bring them from home.
     
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    Hey. Most hospitals have showers that residents can use. A real shower doesn't take too much longer than a "whore bath" so you may as well go whole hog.
     
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    Our hospital starting putting them in the Pyxis with all the other supplies...of course, they wouldn't give the residents access codes until they realized how much of a pain it was to get us 4x4s and the like every 5 minutes.

    Still I agree with you...nothing like freshly brushed teeth, a washed face and clean socks and underwear to make that post-call morning or post-midnight call seem better.
     
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    i cant believe she made a whole industry selling those t shirts.. I wonder how much she makes selling them?
     
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    Agreed. I realized about halfway through that a quick shower and clean underwear made the post call day much more bearable.
     
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    It's sort of funny actually. People know what she's telling them already and they're paying her money for it in order to affirm that. Kind of like SDN donors. I love you all!! :love: :love: You are all the wind beneath my wings.
     
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    Ironically, I've always known the "Turkish Bath" as a "Marine Corps shower".

    (I count many AD, retired, and deceased Marines as my friends and honored heroes.)
     

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