1. Deferred: As in, “The cardiac exam was deferred.” <– the cardiac exam is nearly always “deferred”. Someday, if we’re taking a strict definition here, some poor resident is gonna have to do all 6 million of them.
2. WWD-WIC: (Wound Was Dry When I Closed.). As in:
“The sutures are GUSHING blood; what the hell did you do??”
“Hey, don’t blame me. WWD-WIC.”
3. “That’s a purely academic distinction.” <– If an attending says this phrase in response to your question, there is a 90% chance you just got told.
4. “Healing by secondary intention.” Best used sarcastically, usually after the anesthesiologist asks why the procedure’s taking so long. “Oh, we’re just standing around, waiting for the wound to heal by secondary intention.”
5. “Status post”:
As in: “The medical student is a 26 year old female, s/p one week of surgery clerkship, electively done in order to obtain a medical degree. She’s presenting with pedal pain, fatigue, and a sincere appreciation for people who love surgery obsessively enough to do it for a living.
She is not, however, one of those people.”