Friday, 6 March 2009

Cranky Pants

I'm in a foul mood today due to the fact I had about 3 hours sleep. I'm quite a light sleeper so anyone talking in the corridoor wakes me up and once I've woken up, that's it. I usually can't get back to sleep.

To add to my bad mood I've found out that the awful student on my firm that I mentioned a few posts ago is bitching about me. More exactly about my examination technique. In our ward sessions we have to each do an abdo examination. I always end up volunteering to go first which means that invariably I'll forget something. Usually something that's not actually in the textbook I have for examinations (checking for divarifcation of recti) or examining the neck. To be fair I realise that before I get examined I need to make sure I don't forget to examine the neck when I do an abdo exam but I'm not too worried about it at the moment. As the people in the group go on they get steadily better. This is no doubt because once you've watched it twice you've had a chance to revise.

He however will go last, is very rough with the patient, takes ages and is really unsystematic. Even after he's watched it being carried out 3 or 4 times. At least once I've watched it I remember what to do, and I actually notice how the patient is reacting. And even when I miss things I'm still systematic, I don't just jump backwards and forwards throughout the whole examination.

I think it's a prime example of those in glass houses should not throw stones. I'm well aware that my examination technique is far from perfect, but that's why I'm a student. Because I'm learning. If we were all perfect at examinations from day 1 then we wouldn't be taught it. But we're not, so we are taught it.

In the mood I'm in right now I want to tell him exactly what I think of him. Unfortunately this would mean dropping a friend in it as that's who he was bitching to. However in the mood I'm in today I'm not sure I can hold back. I'm usually really passive but I think now is one of those moments where he needs someone to knock him off his high horse and put him back in his place with the rest of us.

Lily xXx


madsadgirl said...

Perhaps you need to tell him that if he has something to say about you that he should say it to your face rather than behind your back. And remind him that nobody is perfect and that everybody, including him, has to learn through experience. Also you could point out to others in your group that perhaps they should also take their turn at being first to do anything.

HM said...

Jeeze sounds like a twat. Here's hoping your firm ends soon for some respite.