Warning long rant ahead:
Cross specialty. I've noticed that there is air of hostility among providers in our field. Naturally, this is most evident during consultations. As a personal anecdote, ED providers and "list-heavy" teams (think transplant surgery) are the most hostile in my opinion. As a senior level resident, I've persistently seen my juniors and interns field calls from individuals are short tempered, rude, and/or annoyed. Often times, the consulting team doesn't know what their specific question is. Furthermore, when discussing patients it almost seems as if clarifying questions are interpreted as hostile and seen as personal attacks.
Nursing staff. I work at three different major hospitals and all have their own quirks. In particular at children's hospitals – it seems that nurses here take great pride and ownership over their kiddos (which isn't a bad thing by itself) and for the most part, it seems like they are really do understand the "overall" plan. However, with that said, I have met many which do not consider the physician as a major player in the patient's care and become almost "possessive" over their patient. Phrases such as "don't touch MY patient" or "excuse me, who are you?" are often spoken in a deeming, rather than an inquisitive tone. It's frustrating to hear things such as this and honestly a little disrespectful, especially when you've just spent 8 hours doing a complete laryngotracheal reconstruction.
Patients. Honestly, not sure what to say about this one. Maybe I've had a bad stretch, but the number of patients who simply do not trust physicians or have convinced themselves that their doctors have ulterior motives is very baffling to me. Furthermore, the number of demeaning comments towards residents directed towards the sex, race, or age (e.g. "you're too young to be a doctor") seems to be increasing.
Anyways, I want to hear from others who have experienced similar issues. How have you addressed such concerns, either at a personal or institutional level. Please feel free to share any anecdotes.
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