Grilling or bullying?
The consultant handed me an electrocardiogram and demanded, “Tell me about this.” My heart filled with dread. “Ermm . . . I can see that the patient has atrial fibrillation, but unfortunately I am only a third year and haven’t had any teaching on electrocardiograms yet so I’m not sure what else to comment on.” “Well that’s not enough; tell me about the axis.” My mind was racing and my heart pounding as I desperately wished for some divine wisdom about what an electrocardiogram axis was. I grabbed a few minutes while the consultant was tending to a patient, to quietly discuss the electrocardiogram with a fellow student. A few minutes later I asked the consultant a question, but he refused to answer it, simply saying. “Well, if you had been listening to me rather than discussing what you are going to do at the weekend then you would know