Saturday, June 21, 2008

Overheard

Overheard in the hallway of one large academic medical center this week:

Me: "Hey Intern Year."
Intern Year: "Ya?"
Me: "Suck it!"

62 Comments:

Anonymous Lauren said...

Well put, man. Well put.

2:37 AM  
Blogger jomarie said...

Hey fake doctor. Easy now. Deep breaths. I know it sucks but you CAN do it. You've made it this far. I'm going through a really stressful time myself. I'm working full time and taking 2 graduate courses which PALES in comparison to what you have to go through I know... I know. I can't even imagine that stress that you experience on a daily basis. But I do have a suggestion that might make the days go by faster. Somehow it seems to help. Whenever I feel like I can't take it anymore I look at my "countdown" calendar. I'm counting down the days I have left until my last class. I take a red marker and cross out each day as it goes by. Simple but effective. 45 days left and counting... Even if you should have 700 days left, crossing out each day should still make you feel a little better. Try it. Best of luck! Email me if you need any more pep talks or suggestions.
rihanna_malter@yahoo.com

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

have you started talking to yourself?

Congrats on finishing the toughest year of your career.

12:37 PM  
OpenID halfmd said...

Congrats on being done with your internship. Any words of wisdom for the rest of us?

4:11 PM  
OpenID pele-amelika said...

Congrats! Now, how many years until you're off residency?

6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hah. nice. congrats on finishing your first year. it must be nice to finally move on

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Noel said...

Yay! You're back. My life has meaning again. Plus it sounds like you've finished intern year. Hopefully that means you can post more often.

9:51 PM  
Blogger Doc's Girl said...

Congrats on making it to 2nd year. :)

5:17 AM  
Anonymous Cody said...

Congratulations on making it through without a complete breakdown.

1:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very interesting!

Please, do go on.

1:14 AM  
Blogger Dragonfly said...

Hehe.

8:41 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

I don't know how you do it...in the midst of a HUGE anxiety attack I randomly checked for your blog, and you're back and now I'm calm!!! I'm starting intern year (as an OB - one of the women currently known as "nice" who in 4 years will be known as "raging bitch"), and your entries warm my heart knowing that at least I am not alone in terror and frustration (with the added benefit of cracking up at every entry). Good luck in 2nd year, and be kind to your interns. :)

6:06 PM  
Blogger mcd7m said...

Congratulations on making it through year 1! I am a second year medical student at the University of Virginia. I am doing a research project this summer on blogs maintained by medical students and physicians and I have really enjoyed reading yours! I wanted to let you know about an online journal at UVA called Hospital Drive, which can be found at http://hospitaldrive.med.virginia.edu/. I think you and your readers would really enjoy reading and perhaps even submitting material to the journal. Happy Reading!

7:53 AM  
Blogger Serena said...

omg. congrats congrats. You made it and you stayed sane.

7:30 PM  
Anonymous cansurgresident said...

yay we made it! onward to year 2...and on call july 1st (booo-urns). Hope you have better call luck than me.

9:12 PM  
Blogger FUNKYBROWNCHICK said...

If you lived in New York, I'd want you for my doctor. And, of course, I'd flirt ridiculously ... and let you sneak free boob peeks. ;)

Wait, shit, you can already do that from afar via my YouTube. Oh well, whatever, I'd still give you the premium treatment, babes. :)

Missing your fun-yet-deep rantings about your ongoing journey from "fake" to "real" doctor. Quietly and patiently awaiting another update. :)

Twanna

10:03 AM  
Blogger Old MD Girl said...

That must mean you'll have more time for blogging now. Good.

4:06 PM  
Blogger Bongi said...

anonymous, that is only the toughest year if you leave the profession just after

12:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, doctor, we all know you hate grey's anatomy, but how do you feel about that new medical drama, Hopkins?

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're back - there aren't words.

I even had to learn things while you were gone...

8:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why, man, why? This isn't worth it. Clearly, medical education has been so painful for you. You shoulda done something else. Bailed. As in long ago.

You strike me as someone who is doing the opposite of what he should be doing. Someone who was thrown into hell, with no say in the matter, and now has to work his way out of it.

Look, there must be careers for you in which the training and the actual career itself are enjoyable. Where the end and the means to the end are both worthwhile and bring you lots of satisfaction. Clearly, for you, medicine is not such a career.

You seem to be driven through medicine by some external, false, likely sociocultural motive (status, power, money, expectations of significant others, etc.).

Get out, man, while you're still young. Or finish the IM residency and hightail it outta there.

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where are you Fake Doctor? I need a dose. Why the long break?

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Bravofriendly said...

Soooo glad that you are back!!

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You lure us in and then you leave us hanging!!

2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where the fuck are you, fake doc? keeping me waiting just like a real fucking doctor.

5:13 PM  
Anonymous sara said...

how's life, fake doctor? i hope you update soon!

9:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, stumbled across your blog while searching for some *solid* advice on choosing a specialty & applying for residency (yeah, that marks the last time I’ll be using Google as my search engine of choice...)

Okay, okay, I’ve actually really enjoyed your stories…they’re humorous, creative, and at times (surprisingly...) insightful & impassioned. Anyway, I will buy your book* not if — but when — it comes out. That is, of course, contingent on your continuing w/ the poop jokes (hey, I’m just glad I’m not the only one developmentally arrested at the anal stage...)

* Yes, I realize I wouldn’t even know whose book I’d be looking for, but as has been oh-so-eloquently put before: “That still doesn’t change the fact that you’re a total jackass for wanting to point that out.”

10:01 AM  
Blogger -MC- said...

Hey, Fake Doctor. I came across your med school blog and read a couple of posts. Congratulations! You'll be happy to know that I have finally found an answer as to why you were single (and maybe still are). You came off as very immature and boyish, albeit somewhat entertaining except for (in my highly sought opinion *sarcasm*) the profanity and the crude jokes. :D I'm sure you've grown up even if just a little bit since then. Hopefully you've had better luck :)

Enjoy the rest of your residency! Best of luck!

Go Bruins!!!! :D

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you still alive?

6:39 PM  
Anonymous Kevin said...

I'll look forward to hearing this in 3 more years and saying it in 4

12:46 AM  
Blogger 7 years said...

ahhh, do you blog anymore?

10:18 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

What's going on? Anything interesting?

1:05 AM  
Blogger 7 years said...

do you blog anymore?

8:36 PM  
Anonymous docwhisperer said...

Time to move on, just don't get a case of the dreaded "secondyearitis".
Remember, you were once an intern too.
Very happy to see you're back, found out thanks to Angry Medic.
Congratulations, have you thought about fellowship yet?

9:10 AM  
Anonymous kp said...

dear fake doctor,
i know you're busy saving lives and all, but...we miss you.

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

please post!!!!

10:03 PM  
Blogger Earl Gearl said...

Hey Fake Doctor, what happened to you???? Are you coming back to give us an update on Residency???

5:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you're back blogging.
I recommend your blog on a daily basis. You're a fantastic writer.
I have a question for you, or two...
After the year you've just had, would you pick internal medicine again if you had the choice? I remember the post in which you narrowed down your specialty selection. I'm living that post right now. Any advice? I'm female (yes, I'm a 3rd year, no I don't have a hello kitty pen), I want kids someday and I don't want to be an absent mother, I'm o.k. dealing with people, still kinda idealistic, competitive scores(whatever that means). Thanks for any ideas you may have.

5:30 PM  
Blogger Xander said...

keep blogging asshole!

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so.... it's been a while. Any chance of some more posting soon??? (it's not liek a handsome young jewish doctor would be busy at christmas...is it?
cheers, love your blog

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thought you'd be interested...

3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oops..ok haha here is the actual link that i meant to include http://www.tatom.org/documents/CNN.com-StudyNewstudyshows.htm

3:43 PM  
Blogger The Angry Medic said...

Fake Doctor's left the building, folks!

9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

come back

2:41 PM  
Blogger Serena said...

KEEP ON BLOGGING!!!! I MISS YOUR BLOGS!!!!

7:14 PM  
Blogger clueless carolinagirl said...

Update! Please!!

7:22 PM  
Blogger Molly said...

Seriously dude, you need a post.

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't turn into Dexter but if you do, choose carefully. We'll be watching.

3:25 AM  
Blogger M said...

WE MISS YOU.

5:31 AM  
Blogger Blaz V said...

Hi there!
You cannot know how good it felt that someone more than a half of the globe away was/is going through the same mind twisting processes as I do/did (egocentric, don't you think?)
I started reading your blog (the other one) when finishing medschool. Then was coming back to it when everything went just bad. That was kind of common.
Now, my fingers just do not have it in them to put things down so witty as yours do but - of course - I have other channels to let the steam out. Landing in internal medicine myself (for now) my joy comes from seeing how my students bend themselves backwards over nothing. And try to help them come along efficiently (well, most are *real* nerds so they do need a lot of help to my amusement). It also helps doing things *not really related to hardcore medicine*. For me a combination of doing a Ph.D. in the field of management and sitting in various boards does the trick. And watching Scrubs (see E13S8 for yourself sometimes).
Why should you care for all of this? You shouldn't, actually. Just wanted to say thank you, irrelevant whether you blog again or not, publish your book or not, work in medicine or not.
I do find it amusing that your writing, whatever the cause, gave me something I needed, whatever the cause.
Thank you!

5:13 AM  
Blogger Blaz V said...

Hi there!
You cannot know how good it felt that someone more than a half of the globe away was/is going through the same mind twisting processes as I do/did (egocentric, don't you think?)
I started reading your blog (the other one) when finishing medschool. Then was coming back to it when everything went just bad. That was kind of common.
Now, my fingers just do not have it in them to put things down so witty as yours do but - of course - I have other channels to let the steam out. Landing in internal medicine myself (for now) my joy comes from seeing how my students bend themselves backwards over nothing. And try to help them come along efficiently (well, most are *real* nerds so they do need a lot of help to my amusement). It also helps doing things *not really related to hardcore medicine*. For me a combination of doing a Ph.D. in the field of management and sitting in various boards does the trick. And watching Scrubs (see E13S8 for yourself sometimes).
Why should you care for all of this? You shouldn't, actually. Just wanted to say thank you, irrelevant whether you blog again or not, publish your book or not, work in medicine or not.
I do find it amusing that your writing, whatever the cause, gave me something I needed, whatever the cause.
Thank you!

5:14 AM  
Blogger PRPA said...

I heard somewhere he died. :'(

7:28 PM  
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Anonymous kp said...

fake doctor, are ever coming back?!

10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where have you been! I miss your brutal yet all-together realistic account of the pursuit of a medical career... what is residency like?

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think someone needs to page you at 3 am for constipation of the mouth.

START WRITING AGAIN!

12:34 PM  
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10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7/23/09: Ok, so now you are a few weeks into your R3 year. Any updates? Anything at all??? It will be so sad if residency completely crushed your spirit...even though we all know it is designed to do just that...

4:08 PM  

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