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What Is Scutwork?

Discussion in 'ERAS, SOAP, and NRMP Match' started by mdsquared, Oct 11, 2003.

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  1. mdsquared

    mdsquared Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 3, 2003
    Can anyone please explain what scutwork is?
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  3. NYhills

    NYhills Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Sep 30, 2003
    I haven't started doing it in the usa, however I presumed it means anything that is less intellectual and more physically demanding from transporting patients ( in some hospitals it is done by the interns/ residents at times I heard) to inserting IV cannulas, which is not too boring atleast to me.
  4. Harrie

    Harrie Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 31, 2003
    Scutwork is...
    Getting food for 20+ residents
    Tracking down x-rays, CTs, echo reports, etc
    Hunting down a patient's old medical record
    Spinning hematocrits
    Going to the ATM for a resident
    Fetching 4x4s, silver nitrate sticks, emesis basins get the idea

    But remember, the students who are happy to help out with scutwork are usually appreciated, and are often the first to get asked to do a procedure that isn't scut.
    I don't complain about the scut because I know that when I'm an intern and resident I will be scutting the students too.
  5. woundvac

    woundvac MALE M0DEL 7+ Year Member

    Sep 27, 2003
    scutwork = wiping the resident's ass cause they don't have time to do it themselves...welcome to the wards.
  6. AJM

    AJM SDN Moderator Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Jun 25, 2001
    Scutwork can depend on the eye of the beholder. I recently had a med student think I was scutting him out for making him write orders on a patient. By the way -- it was HIS PATIENT! :eek: And he was a SUB-I!! :eek: :eek: I just wanted him to take some responsibility for his patient, and to think about what we were doing -- is that too much to ask? Besides, this student will be writing orders without any supervision in just 9 short months!

    Okay, I'll stop my ranting... :)
  7. ckent

    ckent Banned Banned

    Jul 31, 2000
    That's ridiculous ajm. It sounds like this student doesn't know what scut work really is. I would reccomend showing this student what *true* scut work is, for his own educational benefit of course ;) .
  8. The Generalist

    The Generalist Banned Banned

    Sep 30, 2003
    Da' Klinik
    Are you implying that they give you their ATM card/ PIN and ask you to get money for them!? OOOOhhhhhhhhhh revenge is sweet!:D
  9. AJM

    AJM SDN Moderator Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Jun 25, 2001
    Hee hee, I think we need to recheck rectals on all the patients on our service... I wonder who could do that? It would be good physical exam practice, of course. Oh yeah, my coat needs a good washing, too... ;)

    Too bad he's not on this rotation anymore. :p
  10. tussy

    tussy Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 12, 1999
    I had a senior resident one time who had a very complex classification system for scut. He divided it into "pure scut", that which has absolutely no educational benefit, and "educational scut", that which is a real pain, but that you do learn from it. It also changes by level of training. For example: dictating a discharge summary is pure scut for the senior resident, but for the clerk it can be an educational experience, and therefore become "educational scut". The more tasks you can shift from "pure" to "educational" (by making the clerk or intern do it), the more you are maximizing the educational returns of the service!

    When it come right down to it though, all these things are necessary for patient care, so everyone should just do them without complaining.

    Oh, and things like picking up the residents drycleaning is not scut, it's abuse, and nobody should have to do such things.
  11. nickolas

    nickolas 7+ Year Member

    Jun 21, 2008
    This is really old but I have to post!
    Did you ever wonder were scutwork comes from? I mean etymology?
    Well, skata is greek for **** and actually the combined word exists in greek (skatodouleia "****tywork", douleia=work)
    Ofcourse this is pure speculation but I can bet on that!:p

    PS I see this forum is sensored. Pitty... I mean something similar to defocation.
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2011
  12. pupster

    pupster 7+ Year Member

    Aug 7, 2007

    C.ortical of

  13. deuist

    deuist Stealthfully Sarcastic Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Jun 14, 2004
    Air Force
    Wow! Way to revive a thread from 8 years ago. All this time later and residents/students still have to deal with transporting patients and placing IV's.

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