First off, this is not a rant session. I legitimately want to know if there is something I could have done to avoid this. I am on a team with one of those attendings who loves to ramble during rounds, dragging what could be a 30 minute jaunt into a two hour endurance challenge. The first day on the rotation the upper level literally tells everyone that in order to expedite rounds as much as possible we need to keep their mouths shut during rounds and to not ask the attending any questions unless absolutely necessary. He told us to save any questions we might have for him or the interns on the team. I am one of "those guys" who likes to contribute to rounds, but I didn't want to rub the upper level the wrong way and so i did what the upper level said. However when grading time came around, The attending docked points because he felt that I didn't ask enough questions during rounds. Of course the upper level didn't say that the reason was because he told us to be quiet. Like I said, I am not ranting, but I want to know if anyone has any suggestions on what I might have done differently. Or was i just stuck between a rock and a hard place? Second question is if you have to choose, whom do you please? The attending's opinion my have greater weight, but he seldom sees you work directly whereas the upper level sees you working on a daily basis. Thoughts.