The payoff was the promise of future high earnings and hours that would, in time, become more manageable.But today's young doctors, most of them women, don't want to waste their youth working a backbreaking schedule, in part because they'd like to have children and don't think they can afford to wait. Because even once she finishes finals, there's always another final. And then a presentation and an oral exam and a 500-page review textbook to read.If she gets a muffin at 6 every morning from the same place and you ask her to try a new place, she might have a breakdown, so just accept it and move on.6. Whether it's a cool patient she saw that day, a surgery she observed, the size and quality of a poop her patient had (no, but seriously, check out the Bristol stool scale), you'll hear about it.Most likely, our response time will be much better on the pager because while we are not a slave to you or our phones, the pager is our ball-and-chain. I’ve heard of residents sleeping on the kitchen mat before their kitchen sinks while doing their dishes, residents sleeping through their friends’ weddings, and residents falling asleep talking to their significant others—you. If we have the chance to be uninteractive for more than 10 minutes, then we will invariably close our eyes and drift into REM sleep. But if you have an ulterior motive—don’t think I’m a naive nerd who made it this far by studying.However, if you get an automatic response, such as “Yes/OK, Thank you, or In 15 minutes,” then just know we are supremely busy and we apologize for the curtness. The caveat is that some resident physicians do not like using their pagers for non-hospital communication. What we want is uninterrupted, un-anxious, fulfilling, undeprived sleep. Our job as physicians is to find the truth in the patient’s history, symptoms, lab results, and imaging.
She has a test tomorrow and every day x 1,000 forever.3. Basically, "I love you but I'll see you in five years" is something she's told you as a joke that was not a joke at all.4.So just ask yours if you should page / text / call them. Most of the sleep we accumulated in medical school was drunken hangover sleep and dreaming of test material, and most of the sleep we experience now is with a dysfunctional circadian rhythm. We love to believe you, but if what you says seems fishy, we will inadvertently turn to objective data to corroborate your story. Believe me, you don’t want to be lumped in with the pain-med seeker who has 10/10 headaches and can still sleep soundly in the ED, yell at the triage nurses, and eat a full meal while sitting under bright fluorescent lights. We are not medication or medical imaging vending machines. Feel free to refer your family/friends to us for an informal conversation re: their low back pain or new rash.So please do not wake us up early on days we can sleep in. Let us know if you have been in an ER waiting room for hours. The things we hear, the diseases we see, the people we touch, the emotional burden we bear, the hours we work, and the medical responsibility we have—those are things you will never experience. So if you spill your deepest, messiest emotions, she'll accept them and try to understand them. Hint: She will just give you aspirin and a lot of the time, it'll fix everything.5. She spends all day listening to patients, lecturers, residents, attending doctors, so she's basically a professional listener. In reality, she probably has no idea why you're having leg cramps, but that doesn't matter because she will pretend to know anyway.