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Funny

It’s funny, the things we do to avoid certain people. You know what I mean. You’re walking through the supermarket and, spotting someone you’d rather not talk to, you jump into the nearest aisle and pretend to be interested in the displayed products even though you’re really looking out of the corner of your eye to make sure that person doesn’t walk by and notice you. And then you feel eyes on you because you’re the only guy in an aisle filled with feminine products. You look up and realize that while trying to fake interest in the products in front of you, you have been “staring” at a large selection of pads and tampons.

Or maybe, standing around at an event you see someone you want to avoid. Thinking yourself the stealthy type you gracefully glide through the crowd towards the door and mentally pat yourself on the back for an evasion James Bond would be proud of. That is, of course, right before you throw your weight into pushing open a firmly looked door. Why is it that people seem to never have both doors unlocked at the same time? They’re double doors for a reason, but maybe the reason is to make unsuspecting people look utterly foolish.

I am not saying any of the above situations have ever happened to me. But there are times when I just don’t feel like being friendly and outgoing.

Are physicians required to “put on a happy face” at all times? Do they have to be ever-joyful, always-friendly, bubbly people?

I sure hope not. Cause I sure don’t feel this way… In fact, most of the time I feel pretty drained, tired, sleep-deprived, and stressed out.

  • Great post!

    Unfortunately in many ways I do think that docs are expected to be always-friendly (maybe not bubbly) on a daily basis. Third year was hard for me because although I am pretty happy and bubbly, it seemed as though I could never have a bad day. You are graded as much on your knowledge as you are on your personality and fitting in with the team. Then comes interviews, where you really have to be on and put on the happy face! It works both ways because those attendings that were notorious for not putting on the happy face, were not often the student favorite.

    Don’t worry, you’re not alone in this feeling. I think that it’s okay to have those feelings of being stressed and sleep-deprived as long as it doesn’t effect how you take care of your patients and you don’t lash out at anyone.

  • Great post!

    Unfortunately in many ways I do think that docs are expected to be always-friendly (maybe not bubbly) on a daily basis. Third year was hard for me because although I am pretty happy and bubbly, it seemed as though I could never have a bad day. You are graded as much on your knowledge as you are on your personality and fitting in with the team. Then comes interviews, where you really have to be on and put on the happy face! It works both ways because those attendings that were notorious for not putting on the happy face, were not often the student favorite.

    Don’t worry, you’re not alone in this feeling. I think that it’s okay to have those feelings of being stressed and sleep-deprived as long as it doesn’t effect how you take care of your patients and you don’t lash out at anyone.