As a first year resident, everything was new and I was full of questions. My chief resident, Reay, is famous now but back then he was just a regular guy—but a regular guy with all the answers.
Peter J. McDonnell, MD
You know the type. When their team is doing well, sports fans are upbeat.
Stormy Daniels’ pupillary diameter could indicate high intelligence
The famous line from George Bernard Shaw's "Man and Superman"—"those who can, do; those who can't, teach"—is sometimes quoted to explain why certain of us choose a career in academics. Fortunately for many medical students, the head of medical student education in my medical school was both a doer and a teacher.
Two headlines broke new ground recently when it comes to horror and adversity. Coincidentally, they both involved worms and left eyes: "Woman pulls wiggling cattle worms from her eyeball, makes medical history" appeared along with "Brain-eating pork worm removed from man's eye."
My classmate in medical school, Eric, only became a medical student because his father insisted. Eric wasn’t happy about this until he discovered he loved ophthalmology. He went on to perform brilliantly as a resident and built an extremely successful and fulfilling practice. Eric’s story is not unique.
One approach that is sometimes recommended to give honest feedback is to deliver it between two positive comments. This is known as the “compliment sandwich.” While some advocates of this approach still assert its value, it is largely out of favor and is often ridiculed.
In my own personal experience, there have always been infections that are difficult to treat (e.g., acanthamoeba or fungal keratitis), but that was no less the case 20 years ago than it is today. Bacterial infections are not (in my humble opinion) particularly more a concern today than they were a decade or two ago.
Sometimes it is best that we don't know what we don't know.
In the movies "The Da Vinci Code" and "The Matrix Reloaded," evil gunmen who are albinos figure prominently.