- That look you get from your chief resident or that “serious” attending.
- The way that “common” people look at you in your white coat.
- That family you just spoke with and explained why their dear Aunt Marie probably won’t live through the night.
- It’s 5 AM and your patient is asleep. “Excuse me, Mr. Jones. Sorry to wake you. I need to just listen to your heart and ask you a few questions and then you can go back to sleep. Have you passed gas or had a bowel movement since I last saw you?”
- Rounds at 8:30 PM. After all, you only came into work at 5:30 AM this morning. No biggie.
- I’m paying $150,000 in tuition for four years (including living expenses) so I can come into work for 12 hours on Saturday. God, I rule.
- You’ve been up for 36 hours on call and you still have a conference to attend in 4 hours. Hey, complaining is a sign of weakness.
Wow, medicine really is serious business.