It's the time of year where we get a new crop of med students on the service. They're earnest, they're excited, and they really need training. They do get better but only if you SAY SOMETHING.
Our med student "John" apparently impressed one of the attendings so much during a Whipple that the attending lets John help as much as a sub-I. Note: that rarely happens. His presentations are much better after I helped him a bit, he asks good questions, and he's not a total annoyance.
My chief is a generally acceptable human being. He has not said a single useful word to our student, maybe a scant comment here or there, in two weeks. Doesn't ask questions, doesn't give much feedback, and generally ignores him. Chief treats me that way too but that's because I got off on the wrong foot with him.
I feel like shaking my chief by the lapels and screaming, "PRAISE HIM." (Dr. Who episode aside.) Holy shit, he glows when he has done well and learns quickly. I am the fucking intern and I shouldn't be teaching. Take 20 seconds from your phone on rounds and say something. No, don't pimp him. Talk about anatomy, help him with his presentations, have him remind you about things you've forgotten.
Stop sucking at the teaching part of your job.
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