If I were the surgeon, I'd be wondering why the hospital secretary is getting paid more than me.Same thing happened to me today.
Attending said “oh you want to do EM? Enjoy being the hospital secretary. Why not do surgery? You can do everything the ER people do but also learn how to be a doctor”
The table of surgery residents and fellows had a good laugh.
Now I know he’s probably just a jackass but damn it sucks to know that’s how some people in academics view EM.
This happened to me as well during an OR case. Surgeon harassing me about my career choice while OR staff snickering. Wish I would have reported the surgeon, but I was a scared medical student.I had the exact same comments. One of the CT surgery attendings in the OR referred to me as a triage nurse when he found out I wanted to do EM and had a great laugh about it with the fellow and OR staff.
In that moment, it became abundantly clear to me. While I'm sure there are "nice" surgeons, why would I want to associate myself with the culture of a specialty that talks that way about other specialties? You have to be a pretty unhappy/miserable person.
At least the dermatologists in med school said "Wow! I could never do that, congrats to you for being so motivated and pursuing EM".
It's amazing how much nicer people are if they are allowed to sleep and spend time with their families.