The romantic gossip is always the juiciest. Medical students date residents, residents date attending physicians, and physicians even date medical students. All the permutations exist. But it’s not just about who “likes you likes you,” there’s bad-mouthing too. The other day I heard that one of the attending surgeons is so unpleasant to work with that the operating room nurses actually have a formal system of drawing straws before each shift to decide who will work with her. In the realm of the ridiculous, a few months ago, a medical assistant found a dead squirrel in the parking lot and, as a joke, put it in her supervisor’s office. And my own personal grievance, last month, the hospital cafeteria ran out of their yummy cornbread muffins for several days in a row and many of us had nothing to pair with our salads. Dra-ma!
Oh, and one more tidbit: Dr. Lazar Greenfield, the inventor of the life-saving Greenfield filter; editor of Surgery News, the official newspaper of the American College of Surgeons (ACS); and president-elect of the ACS, published an editorial in the February edition that suggested that semen was a better Valentine’s Day gift than chocolate.