I'm currently doing my surgery clerkship and at the start of the rotation I was flirting with the idea of going into surgery (temporary insanity). Today, I crossed surgery off my list for sure. I spent the start of the day today having an absolutely horrible time as one of my classmates made sarcastic comments and mocked all the rest of the students. I witnessed first hand as students who were previously bearable became transformed into these arrogant, condescending horrible beings. Students who think that just because they want to become surgeons that they MUST know more than us mere mortals, students who roll their eyes and mutter under their breaths as one of the other students asks a question about something they don't understand. Students who go out of their way to make their classmates and residents look bad. ukh... Looking at the students in my class that are interested in surgery is like looking into a textbook of malignant psychopathology. Nothing is worth dealing with people like this! Then I go down and I bump into three ER docs I had never met before and they were so cool. Some of the most fun-loving helpful people in the hospital, and having just met me were giving me advise about away electives, giving me a new copy of pharmacopoeia, giving me chocolate, and sending emails to their old PDs on my behalf. Will someone please tell me how crazy/stupid I would have to be to choose to subject myself to the students in my class that want to be surgeons for the rest of my life... esp. when a group like the latter exists. No, thank you very much, count me out.