Today I was asked by the anesthesiologist, “why is this next case scheduled for 3 hours? A neck fusion shouldn’t take more than an hour?.. damn, I don’t understand… We can’t go over…. Hey, I have somewhere to be at five…”
Hearing this grumbling, I couldn’t help but to give him a little extra torment. “ I don’t know where you’re from or where you worked before, but today, we work in a teaching hospital. The residents and interns are being taught… and that takes a little extra time. This is a place for learning.” He, grumbled again and went back to work. Although, secretly I knew I was wrong, I didn’t admit it to him because it was entertaining. The actual definition and correct statement would be … “I work in a learning hospital, where everyone is learning something”. The residents are learning, the nursing students are learning, and even attending surgeons are learning something. As for me, I know that am learning too. I realized a long time ago that I’m a work in progress, and I’m learning patience and tolerance.