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Every medical student is a bit apprehensive when he/she knows they’ll be assigned a new resident. Exactly the same questions always come up…will the resident be nice? Will they understand my busy schedule? Will they make me execute a ton of scutwork? Will they make me write all of his/her progress notes? And maybe most importantly, will they i want to leave early to study for boards or enjoy the occasional night out? After a year and a half of clinical rotations in a variety of hospitals throughout NYC, I’ve learned that each resident can fit in to 1 of three general categories.

The Amazing Resident
The first type of resident is the best. He/she is the one which still remembers what it’s like to have freedom no responsibility as a 3rd and 4th year medical student. They understand that the medical student is strictly there to understand some cool things and see some interesting procedures, then escape the hospital to review. This resident is almost always cognizant of the fact that the medical student does NOT want to sort out lunch to complete a progress note that ought to be done by the resident to begin with.

I have also noticed that this kind of resident is usually more efficient and smarter than his/her colleagues. He/she has the capacity to get their work done without a medical student, therefore doesn’t have to depend on him for help. Since this resident is usually smarter than the average bear, they often times times impart unique clinical knowledge to the student. The funny thing about this resident is that I am MUCH more willing to do the cheapest of scutwork to greatly help him/her out because of their teaching and knowledge of the medical student’s role.

The Horrible Resident
On the other extreme of the spectrum is the resident which makes the student think that if you don’t work longer and harder compared to the resident, you then will ultimately be considered a horrible doctor and unworthy of the ‘MD’ degree. The darkest of the types of residents will even taunt the medical student’s worst fears by threatening the idea of giving you a negative evaluation if you are not breaking your back to make their life easier. This means that in the event that you eat lunch before finishing scutwork for him/her even though you’re about to distribute from hypoglycemia, you are unworthy. This kind of resident will berate you if anything goes wrong throughout their shift. This can include yelling at you for misplacing the central line in the carotid rather than the external jugular, despite the fact that you’re only an observer through the procedure. And for your information, it will always be your fault, thus it really is easier not to argue and merely accept the blame and declare that you will never do it again.

This sort of resident can either be smart or not bright, but one thing is definitely true, their idea of ‘teaching’ is quite misconstrued. They think that making the medical student call another hospital to obtain medical records, or calling the primary care doctor regarding a patient that they know nothing about, falls under the group of teaching, Therefore, this fulfills their role as a ‘teacher,’ resolving them of experiencing to waste their time explaining the reasoning for ordering potassium levels Q4H on the DKA patient.

On the other hand, I have to admit that this type of resident isn’t entirely bad. I once had a resident that often left the building before me leaving some of his work for me to perform. Ki Residences Sunset Way He would ask me to get an ABG on his patient with respiratory distress, and then go back home while I was in the patient’s room. Although this is incredibly annoying, I did become extraordinarily competent on many procedures. I can now do an ABG blindfolded and I don’t need any assistance other than a nurse to place an NG tube. Thus, I must thank that resident to be a bad teacher and leaving me to learn things on my own.

The Okay Resident
The last type of resident is markedly different than the others, but sometimes has traits of both extremes. I believe the principal problem that undermines this resident is they aren’t aware of the fact that the student has needs such as for example going to the bathroom and eating. They tend to forget that the student actually exists and is a lot more than only a fly following them around. This resident is not directly vicious (like the ‘horrible resident’), it’s they are usually too overwhelmed during the day and just don’t know how to utilize the student effectively. This leads to a medical student that’s bored and zones out because he/she is not engaged and is left to stare at the paint drying on the wall.

I don’t desire to generalize this group of residents to be not smart, but they do not get it like a lot of their colleagues. The fact that they are overwhelmed by work is because they don’t discover how to manage their time appropriately and when needed, require help from the medical student. I have met quite a few of these residents that are very smart, it’s just that they tend to be thorough with their patients, which doesn’t allow any time for them to consider how to have the student interact. From my experience, it seems that their strict focus on details is due to their paranoia of making a mistake and somehow killing an individual. This leads me to believe they need to read Samuel Shem’s books and grasp the idea that less is usually better in the healthcare world and their meticulousness is hindering instead of helping.

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