The long and the short of it
- By: Melissa Gitman
It has been argued that medicine is not a profession for tall people, but I beg to differ.1 I would like to argue that medicine is, in fact, not meant for the short.
Imagine, you walk into a patient's room in your white coat with your identity tags dangling and your stethoscope around your neck. The patient takes one look and says, “You look way too small-young, where is the real doctor?” I have never understood how my height is supposed to influence my ability to listen to heart sounds, and perhaps I should not only introduce myself, but also give a basic rundown of my proportions. That, or have one of my taller colleagues put me on their shoulders and bring me into the exam room.
Another problem is the fact that surgeons place the table at a height that is higher than my arms can reach. As a