I had to cover a shift reading chest x-rays in the hospital. It's usually a fairly chill evening, as compared to covering patients on a ward. You sit in a room, interpret x-rays, and write notes. A woman runs into the office, frantic.
"Yes, my son just had a chest x-ray and I need you to read it. Quickly."
"Sorry, uh, you're..."
"I'm a doctor. Not here, but I'm a doctor. My son is very sick. I need you to read his x-ray."
"I'm sorry, I read them as they come up in the system, there's a queue. If you want to wait in the room outside, I can let you know after I've read it, and you can go talk to your son's doctor about it..."
"No! You're going to read it right now."
"I'm sorry... like I said, you can take a seat in the room outside, and I'll come get you after I've read it. As a doctor, I'm sure you understand the protocol. Who's your son's physician here?"
"He came in through the ER, I don't remember the doctor's name. But I need you to read it right now. He might be very sick."
"There's an order in the system, I assure you that it'll be read very soon-- I just can't have you in here while I'm working. As a doctor, I'm sure you understand."
"As a doctor, I understand that you have to read my son's x-ray right now."
"Okay, you know what, this isn't how it's supposed to work, but let me just pull it up and take a look, okay?"
"That's what I've been telling you to do!"
"Fine, fine. [I look at the x-ray.] Okay, well, it looks like [small finding, nothing of an emergency nature], now if you can go back to the ER, the report will be in the system in a few minutes, and you can talk to your son's doctor about next steps."
[frantic] "He's gonna die??? Is he gonna die???"
"No. I'm sorry... where are you a doctor?"
"At [local university that doesn't have a hospital]."
"Wait, what kind of doctor are you?"
"I'm a professor of linguistics."
"I have a phD in linguistics from [prominent university]."
"Okay, please go back and speak to your son's doctor. The report will be in the system in a few minutes. I hope he feels better."
"So he's not going to die?"
"Probably not today."