Wednesday, July 8, 2009

From the Morgue

Yes, I am doing autopsies. What a way to start the new year. We have been busy... could it be because it is July?

I was waiting for the elevator this morning and there were two patients standing near me. One pointed to the fading sign that has hung near the elevator for the last 2 weeks: "New Resident and Fellow Orientation (up arrow).>

"This is why you never go to a teaching hospital in July," he said to his companion.

"Huh, why not?"

"Because July is when all of the new doctors start and they don't know anything. They might kill you."

Could this be the reason why we've been dissecting for ~12 hours a day this week? Or is it just because July is a big month for teaching and autopsies are a good teaching experience? Or are all the newbies just gung-ho about consenting families for autopsies? Food for thought.

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