I've always been a rebel. Yeah, I'm a physician. But my nine-inch-lifted-black-Yukon XL-with limosine tint-sittin' on 35" Nitto Dune Grapplers doesnt blend very well in the doctors parking lot full of 911s, Lexuses, and Range Rovers. I get alotta flack for the Copenhagen-silver-top can in my scrubs-shirt-pocket. And the white coat? The white coat is for insecure pu s s i es, I thought. Hadn't worn one for about ten years. thought about my stance on that. Now I show up to work in a white coat, brazen with Jetproppilot MD Anesthesiology with da UM emblem on the pocket. Why, you ask? Cuz Jets an egotistical dude looking for attention? Nope. Could give a s hit less. As long as I see all those zeroes separated-by-commas on my paycheck, I'll go park cars if you want me to. Actually I get flack for the white coat from my colleagues, since I'm the only one at my new gig of 13 anesthesiologists that wears one. Thats OK. I like my decision. Its not egotistical. Anesthesiologists are experiencing an ambiguity phase, what with the AANA graying the picture, with people on the phone saying "ARE YOU ANESTHESIA?" "no, anesthesia is that liquid in the yellow-sevoflurane bottle, dickhole." I am Dr. Jet. MD. And although I don't need any attention, I think the white coat is linked to that thought of what a doctor is. Not a nurse doctor, but a real doctor. An MD/DO. Someone who went to medical school. And did a residency. I think if you show up on the floor with a white coat as opposed to just-scrubs, with Jetproppilot, MD, Anesthesiology on the chest, it matters. And when you go in to pre-op a patient on the floor, a patient who is scared, looking for professionals to reassure them, it matters. And when you walk in the doctors lounge of a very large hospital where evry doctor doesnt know every doctor, it matters. I'm doing my small part to bring back some respect to the specialty. And to doctors in general. Real doctors. Clinical dudes with MD/DO behind their name. Dudes who went to med school. Residency. Who have clinical knowledge/experience above-and-beyond the facade doctors. I've changed. No, the monsta-truck will still show up in the doctor's parking lot. And if you find yourself devoid of a dip, no worries. I've got a Copenhagen can in my scrubs pocket. But I wear my white coat now. "HUH?" "NOPE. I'M NOT ANESTHESIA." "I'M DOCTOR JET." Granted. All the wannabes have white coats too. But mine says MD on it. I've changed. The white coat matters.