Dealing with e-mails from students, and I get this one:
Dear Dr. Bligh-Glover,
I would want to work as a tutor help for medical students who need additional help. I am a MBA.
Though i do not have much medical knowledge, i can help students with the other studies. Would you be interested in hiring me, or setting up an interview with me so that i can meet you, and see if i am capable of getting this job ?
Please let me know if you would need any more details from my end.
Although the approach was professional, and I admire the initiative, this individual doesn’t know anything about medicine, so I really can’t use him, and no I have no job. I get a lot of letters like this, and I certainly understand the urge, I just wonder why these folks aren’t asking people who could actually help them with a position. This is kind of like me writing to GM asking them to hire an anatomist. They don’t!
And then there was this little number:
My name is XXX YYY and I’m interested in getting a tutor for anatomy for my group and I (4 people in all). Do you know if any tutors are available?
To which I replied,
Dear Mr. YYY. Contact these tutors.
In the future, you might want to remember that the way for a student to address a faculty member whom he have not yet met is by “Doctor Bligh-Glover” or “Professor Bligh-Glover.” Undue familiarity with one’s faculty on the wards will get you bad evaluations in clinical rotations, may irritate your patients and cause you difficulty in obtaining a residency. Use of appropriate names and titles is an important part of professional socialization, and one that you should be aware of.
And I’m waiting for my blood pressure to come down. The school has a stronger emphasis on professionalism than it did when I was a student, but I’m not sure these people are getting the picture.