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August 10, 2012

Bullies

Bullying stinks and schools and residencies need to eliminate it. But there is always going to be a frustration in a system where trainees are involved in life-and-death patient care. Plus, people are people and people are impatient and cross. Especially the people who are selected for their competitiveness and self-assuredness.

As I get older I'm more and more surprised how hard it is to remember what it was like to be less experienced. Graduate students seem unqualified to me, largely because I've forgotten how incompetent I was when I was a graduate student. This grumpy "harumph: kids today" attitude must be an intolerable frustration for attendings on a stressful hospital ward.

Posted by rbrent at August 10, 2012 08:29 AM

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