Yesterday's post, continued.
"I don't want to confuse the patients."
"By calling yourself a doctor when you're not, you're confusing the patients."
"I'm wearing a white coat. They think I'm a doctor. I don't know what the big deal is."
"The big deal is that you're not a doctor. And you're not the person who they should think is in charge of their care. You're absolutely an important part of the team. But you're still learning."
"You know I'm smarter than [the intern]."
"You have a very high opinion of yourself. That can be good, but it can also be dangerous."
"I don't think I should have to apologize for knowing things. I feel like the surgeons told me this would be how it is in medicine. It's why I'm not going into medicine. In surgery they make decisions. They do things."
"It's important to do the right thing for the patient, to figure out the problem and not just jump to conclusions."
"I guess we just do things differently."
"And on my team, you need to do things my way. Which means not telling patients you're a doctor, and not trying to be in charge. I told you on the first day-- you can all get a good evaluation from me. I'm not judging you against each other. Medicine is not a competition."
"Another thing I like better about surgery."
"I don't think surgery is supposed to be a competition either."
"Well, whatever it is over there, over here we need to work as a team. I don't want you seeing patients on your own anymore. Shadow [the intern] for a few days and she can assign you which notes to write. I don't want to have this conversation again. We have seven more days on this rotation, and I think we can get through them without any problems."
"I actually only have five more days."
"I'm going to a wedding this weekend. I was going to tell you."
"We're scheduled to be on both days this weekend."
"Yeah, I'm not going to be here."
"Okay. You know what, that's fine."
"You want me to take on some extra responsibilities to make up for it?"
"Nope. It's fine."
"Great. Can I leave early today?"
"You can leave early every day."