The world of medicine is like a bubble. A lot of people THINK they know what goes on there, but unless you're down in the trenches it's unlikely you do. So here is my semi-anonymous blog, here to tell you what really goes on in the life of a medical resident.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Quick Update

Remember my run-in with the surgery chief resident? The one when he put me on call on my vacation and threatened me when I protested?

(If you don't, here's a refresher... )

Well, this morning I met with the program director for general surgery. I had a member of the union's contract compliance team as my escort. I told him what had happened with the resident. He said that he had heard about it from the resident, but had been informed simply that 'the matter had been resolved'. He apologized for what had happened on behalf of the chief. As expected, the director stuck up for the chief, saying that "this behaviour is very our of character for him" and that he's usually "a really nice guy". Um, sure dude... wanna check with the nurses on that one? They refer to him as The Pompous Ass.

Anyway, as I told the director, although I don't stand to gain anything by complaining now, I just want to ensure that this won't happen again to the next off-service scut-monkey. The union guy made it clear before we left that they had intended to take this to formal grievance, but that I was happy just making my concerns known. So I looked good.

Not entirely satisfying (I doubt the chief will get so much as a slap on the wrist) but at least I did the right thing.

Just in case anyone was curious how that all worked out.

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