* * Anonymous Doc

Friday, April 9, 2010

I got a page from a surgery resident as I was signing out-- called back, thinking it was something important, and half of it was--

"[Your patient] didn't survive the procedure. Oh, and the intern on my team wants to know if you're single."

This is why mixing work and a personal life is confusing. I'm supposed to go back to this patient's family and tell them their husband/father died, and I'm also supposed to be thinking about whether I want to go out with the surgical intern.

I probably don't. Surgeons are way too intense.

Lesson: If your doctor seems distracted when he's telling you bad news, remember that he may also be thinking about whether to ask out the intern who watched your family member die.

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