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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 let me 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 have learned that each resident can fit in to one of three general categories.

The Amazing Resident
The first type of resident is my favorite. He/she is the one which still remembers what it’s like to have freedom and 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 to the fact that the medical student does NOT want to sort out lunch to finish a progress note that should be done by the resident to begin with.

I have also noticed that this kind of resident is usually better and smarter than his/her colleagues. He/she has the ability to get their work done with out a medical student, therefore doesn’t have to rely on him for help. Since this resident is normally smarter compared to the average bear, they often times times impart unique clinical knowledge to the student. The funny thing relating to this resident is that I’m MUCH more willing to do the cheapest of scutwork to greatly help him/her out because of the teaching and knowledge of the medical student’s role.

The Horrible Resident
On another extreme of the spectrum is the resident which makes the student think that unless you work longer and harder than the resident, you then will ultimately be a horrible doctor and unworthy of the ‘MD’ degree. The darkest of these types of residents will taunt the medical student’s worst fears by threatening the idea of giving you a bad evaluation if you are not breaking your back again to make their life easier. This means that if you eat lunch before finishing scutwork for him/her despite the fact that you’re about to distribute from hypoglycemia, you are unworthy. This type of resident will berate you if anything goes wrong throughout their shift. This may include yelling at you for misplacing the central line in the carotid rather than the external jugular, even though you were only an observer through the procedure. And for the 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.

Ki Residences Singapore This type of resident can either be smart or not bright, but one thing is definitely true, their idea of ‘teaching’ is quite misconstrued. They believe making the medical student call another hospital to obtain medical records, or calling the principal care doctor regarding an individual they know nothing about, falls beneath the group of teaching, Therefore, this fulfills their role as a ‘teacher,’ resolving them of having 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 is not entirely bad. I once had a resident that often left the building before me leaving a few of his work for me to perform. He would ask me to get an ABG on his patient with respiratory distress, and go back home while I was in the patient’s room. Although this was incredibly annoying, I did become extraordinarily competent on many procedures. I could now do an ABG blindfolded and I don’t need any assistance apart from a nurse to place an NG tube. Thus, I have to thank that resident for being a negative teacher and leaving me to learn things on my own.

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

I don’t want to generalize this group of residents as being not smart, but they do not get it like many of their colleagues. The fact that they are overwhelmed by work is basically because they don’t discover how to manage their time appropriately so when needed, ask for help from the medical student. I have met quite a few of the residents which are very smart, it’s that they are usually thorough making use of their patients, which doesn’t allow any moment for them to think about how to have the student interact. From my experience, it appears that their strict focus on details is due to their paranoia of making a mistake and somehow killing a patient. This leads me to trust they have to read Samuel Shem’s books and grasp the theory that less is normally better in the healthcare world and their meticulousness is hindering rather than helping.

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