Thursday, November 16, 2006

What do you call the guy who finished last in his class at med school? "Doctor."

My wife is in the midst of interviewing for medical residencies. The hospitals usually host a reception dinner for out-of-town interviewees the night before the all-day interview. This gives the candidates a chance to get acquainted with the residents, and prevents them from having to sit around in a hotel room all by themselves.

At one such dinner on Tuesday night, one of the residents related the following tale from his interviewing experience. According to him, in some cities sitting around in the hotel room all by yourself isn't particularly terrible. One hospital puts its candidates up in a very posh hotel downtown -- and in one of its suites, not just in any old room. The suites apparently have a lounge space with a couch and television, a kitchenette, and French doors separating the living space from the bedroom and bathroom.

At breakfast the morning of the interview, the program director greeted the candidates with the usual pleasantries -- "Good to see you again! How did you sleep?" and so on. One candidate, looking a bit disheveled, piped up that he just didn't sleep very well at all, and was very disappointed with his room. Thinking there must have been a mistake, and feeling very embarrassed, the director replied, "Oh, I'm very sorry -- you were supposed to be in a suite. Was the room inadequate?"

"Yeah," the student replied. "When you walked in there was a kitchen right there, which was nice, but then there was just a couch and a TV. There wasn't even a bed or bathroom -- I had to groom myself over the kitchen sink!"

Needless to say, the genius who didn't think to open the French doors to find the bedroom and bathroom did not get a residency with that hospital.

4 comments:

sadielady said...

that can't be true...

Kat said...

oh please tell me that is not my future doctor....

wow.

nyeK said...

stupid people are funny sometimes.

Anonymous said...

reminds me of an episode of futurama