Humor Medicine

Types of medical students

Via an incoming link, over at The White Coat Rack, I’ve found a rather amusing description of the twelve types of medical students one is likely to encounter in medical school. Looking at the description, I realize that I probably was the Overly Academic, the one who “came into med school with plenty of research experience, but hardly any clinical experience.”

I do have a little quibble with Joshua, though, about his description of the Gunner. At my medical school in the 1980’s, no gunner was complete without the multi-colored pen that allows him or her to pick different color pens by clicking different buttons on the top. Gunners would use these pens to recreate the most detailed pictures shown (or, in a couple of cases, drawn) by the professor in anatomy lectures. Minor gunners would settle for the four-color pen. The true gunners, the ones like the one shown in Joshua’s picture, the ones who would sign up to be a scribe for the class notes service and then purposely leave out stuff from the lecture, wouldn’t be satisfied with anything less than the deluxe six-color pen. True, these pens tended to be a defining characteristic predominately during the first two years, which are made up mainly of didactic courses, but at my medical school at least no self-respecting gunner would lack for one of these pens. Later, the pens became useful instruments to stab gunners’ fellows students in the back in order to assure the highest grade.

Oh, Joshua’s post about job opportunities in religion is pretty amusing too. Of course, his suggestion about forming a Church of Xenu comes a little late. It’s already been done.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

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