A guide to medical etiquette: the old guard
- By: David McAllister
The old practice of ritual humiliation endures even today, in a medical world of ethics committees, higher education funding councils and clinical audit.
Some of the old guard still parade the wards, looking for new recruits to badger, so here is some advice about how to conduct yourself when one such as this comes your way.
You must know your anatomy. However, I don't mean the the relevant sort of anatomy that is emphasised in the new courses. No, instead you should learn obscure nerve roots and peculiarly named organ parts. Similarly, with diseases, it is no use knowing all about coronary heart disease if you aren't familiar with Veinhower's syndrome.
Of course, there are shortcuts. You can get out of not knowing most of the anatomy by lambasting the new curriculum that your medical school has adopted. There are likely to have been some changes since your tormentor graduated