Angry Doctor

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Heart Failure

Found this e-book about a doctor’s disillusionment with the medical education system. Sad to say his observations are also applicable to the local medical school and medical educational system.

This particular paragraph:

“There is an atmosphere of deceit. We are told to tell the parents that the reason we are the third person to ask the same questions and perform the same physical exam - pressing on all the same sore spots - is because we are making sure nothing is missed. Bullshit. The veneer of this-is-in-your-child's-best-interest is nothing more than you-and-your-family-will-be-respected-only-so-far-as-you-can-be-exploited as tools for our education. Self-interest disguised as selfless service.”

reminded me of an episode during my surgical posting...

Bonus Real-Life Story (see Disclaimer)

A couple of medical students came to me asking for ‘interesting cases’ to see. I brought them to a patient with an inflammed gallbladder, and after making them promise that they would NOT repeat the manoeuvre on the patient, demonstrated Murphy’s sign.

A couple of minutes later I walked past the cubicle only to see them trying to elicit Murphy’s sign on the same patient.

What. The. Fuck.

Have these guys no sense of decency or integrity? Or are they just stupid? I mean, Murphy’s sign is nothing but a snobbish doctor’s way of saying ‘this guy has pain HERE’, named after an old dead American guy! How is it educational to see a patient wince in pain over and over again? Just because some vain dead angmoh tagged his name to a particular way of causing pain doesn’t make it educational*, morons!

I regret not having invented there and then the ‘angry doc’ sign:

Erythema in the shape of a hand over the cheek indicative of the student having been punished for a particularly inconsiderate act.

Anyway, those sadistic buggers have probably graduated now and are practising in a medical establishment near you.

Good luck. Stay healthy.

* - OK, angry doc admits he was a jerk to have demonstrated the sign to begin with...


  • Hi there, chanced by your blog. The students you wrote about... remind me exactly of the girls in my CG and sister CG. Gosh!

    I will always remember there was once we went to the sickly man's bedside. He had prostate Ca, and our tutor allowed ONE of us to PR him and feel for the hard prostate. So happens that my buddy got chosen to do the honours. After the tutorial, we decided to have a drink in the canteen, but the girls said they had "something to do". In the end, it ends up they were queing up , gel, gloves and all to PR the poor man over and over again. That incident happened more than 5 yrs ago, but I still remember it clearly to this day. Disgusted is an understatement.

    Just can't help it I guess, some people are like that.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At September 07, 2005 7:23 pm  

  • Thanks for sharing.

    I had disgusting classmates too. Attending the same convocation with them took the joy out of the occasion altogether.

    Give them a chance though; they may still become good doctors. God knows we were so immature in med school and had so much more growing up to do...

    Hopefully their selfishness then would help them diagnose a ca. prostate early someday.

    By Blogger angry doc, At September 07, 2005 7:48 pm  

  • Read the e-book Heart Failure several years ago. Generally some good points, but read between the lines. Sure, lots of mean people out there, but lots of nice people too... as in every profession.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At September 07, 2005 8:53 pm  

  • ahah damn doc, u are wicked

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At September 08, 2005 1:24 pm  

  • Angry Doc, you provided good laughs, some keen observations. Will be back for more.

    *Don't be so angry all the time though, increased chance of hypertension! : )

    (And I'm no Dr but I really want to grip about med students too, some of them blacksheeps just don't treat the patients like they're living, breathing beings. Which is quite irritating.)

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