William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Tuesday, 25, November, 2008

From the New Medical Journal “DUH!”

Filed under: Social Commentary,Teaching — williamthecoroner @ 22:12

Medical Students are Socially Segregated from Others You read it here first.  And they’re SURPRISED by this?  Between 80-120 hour work weeks, a course load that’s like drinking from a fire hose, balanced meals that are from a different row and column in the vending machine, what do you expect?  Haven’t you read the House of God?

I let all my interviewees know that they are more likely than others to get addicted, get divorced, go off the deep end and successfully complete their suicide as a physician than the average person.  Now, this usually scares the undergrads who are starry-eyed and have watched too much Grey’s Anatomy. I don’t bloody care.  In terms of dealing with reality and medicine Dr. Cox is actually a better role model.

In medicine, we see people at their worst and who need help the most.  Is is any wonder health care providers are a little odd?


  1. Almost as bad as Physiatrists, don’t they have to be certified crazy (e.g. have been through “counselling” themselves before they are allowed to practice???

    Comment by Old NFO — Wednesday, 26, November, 2008 @ 00:11 | Reply

  2. I always preferred doctors who were more like Dr. Cox. They always tell it like it is, not just what you want to hear. When my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer, I looked at the biopsy report and saw the word metastatic. The doctor was uh and ah and um… I looked at him and asked if she would make it six months. He looked at me as if I were an alien, then told us probably not. He just couldn’t seem to get it out somehow. She only lived another six weeks.

    Comment by Denise — Wednesday, 26, November, 2008 @ 02:24 | Reply

  3. What about House?

    I want a doc that’s slightly cranky, and doesn’t have a problem being a smart ass.

    Comment by crankylitprof — Wednesday, 26, November, 2008 @ 08:36 | Reply

  4. I’m not smart enough to be Gregory House. And I’m nowhere near that misanthropic. And if I did everything that House has done I’d be in jail.

    The guy who does Cox does it well, with a grouchy exterior hiding what he feels inside. Scrubs is the only medical show where they actually get it, where they portray medical education even halfway like it is. I can’t watch other medical shows, as I get too upset. Scrubs I enjoy. I’ve been there.

    My favourite line of all time is “people are bastard-coated bastards with bastard filling,” Sums it up well.

    Comment by williamthecoroner — Wednesday, 26, November, 2008 @ 10:17 | Reply

  5. In the immediate aftermath of the most traumatic period of my life, my doctor looked me straight in the eye and asked me dryly and straightforwardly if I had contemplated suicide. She was not kidding, nor was she pussyfooting around or otherwise wasting my time or hers. I answered- honestly- in the negative.

    I nearly cried when she told me she was leaving that practice and moving to one where she couldn’t be my doctor anymore.

    Comment by LabRat — Sunday, 30, November, 2008 @ 04:03 | Reply

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