It’s Saturday! I’m med student-ing at the hospital all day! Party in the team room.
– A JAMA article relevant to your life: Alcohol abusers had better 1st-year grades and better overall scores on the USMLE Step 1 than their classmates. Discuss.
– Getting in over your head: Another wise (and to-the-point) post from Seth Godin.
– How to quit worrying about being bitchy and actually assert yourself. My surgery rotation has been like a crash course in how to do this, and I can tell you my secret if you don’t actually want to read the article: Screw it.
Seriously, the mental calculus required to determine what residents and attendings think about you isn’t worth the effort. I ask to put in foleys and write admission orders all the time, just because I need the practice. Either my residents think that’s assertive, or they think it’s obnoxious – but either way, I’m happier doing stuff than waiting around in the team room all day.
On mornings where I clearly am not needed or necessarily even wanted, I just give up and leave. Everyone assumes I’m either with someone else or in the OR. And I actually think I make a better impression by sounding smarter on rounds, so it’s totally worth it to leave to go read in the library.
(Or else to take a nap at home. That’s why you never bring your coat to the hospital – it totally impedes the ‘sneaking out between rounds’ part.)
(My surgery grade sure is going to be interesting!)