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What is scutwork?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by cnel21, Jul 13, 2000.

  1. cnel21

    cnel21 Junior Member

    Jul 12, 2000
    Tucson, AZ, USA
    What does scutwork mean/intail exactly????
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  3. Carbon Klein

    Carbon Klein Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Apr 22, 2000
    Scut work is a derogatory term used to describe the non-teaching labor that medical students and junior residents must do in order to be "part of the team". For example, running down labs/xrays, changing dressing, starting IV lines, writing notes, and a whole lot of other stuff that really teaches you little medicine, but is a lot of busy work. The "Scut Monkey" (scut doggy, scut puppy) is used to help alleviate some of the busy work for senior doctors so that they can do more "important" things.

    Some hospitals are notorious for scutting their students and residents to death, while others have so many ancilllary services (ie. IV teams) that the student or resident never get any hands on experience for procedures. Somewhere is the middle lies a perfect balance where students and residents gain practical experience without being bogged down with extra labor.
  4. surg

    surg 10+ Year Member

    Dec 16, 2001
    According to the book Forgive and Remember, SCUT stands for Somewhat Clinically Useful Training
  5. ebola95

    ebola95 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 28, 1999
    Downers Grove, Illinois
    ok...let's face it what SCUT really means is the **** that CAN'T wait UNTIL other words, it the crap work that has to be done on every service that gets signed out to the lowest man/woman on the totem pole....get used to way to get around it until you reach the higher levels of teh medical heirarchy where you can sign out the SCUT to someone else!

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