An actual conversation that occurred between my preceptor and I during our weekend on call.
Me: We have a new admission to the ICU.
Preceptor: One of my patients, or an assigned?
Me: Assigned. Hmm.
Me: His reason for admission.
Preceptor: An interesting case?
Me: Could be. His admitting diagnosis is 'asystole'. Doesn't that mean he's dead?
Me: Hmm. So I guess we'll leave him for the end of rounds?
Preceptor: Yeah. Maybe he'll have decided is he's dead or not by that point.