April 30, 2007
Stereotypes. Not even doctors are spared. The following are some of the different types of doctors that I have observed and mentally grouped them into the clusters below. Some of them are pretty colourful characters indeed 😀
The New Intern – Eager to please, very immaculate and organized in his work. Hangs around much longer than his work shift necessitates, has a bunch of bedside tools stuffing the pockets to the brim of his brand new working slacks. Very enthusiastic, still retaining the idealist view of medicine heralded since his days of being a medical student. Armed heavily with files and papers and stationery, this young doctor is often seen rushing about from patient to patient who calls him affectionately by his first name.
The Grumpy One – Dissatisfied with his work, this kind often turns up for work looking disgruntled. Has a demeanour which could be intimidating to the patient, and very prone to snapping at less than convenient questions fielded from the patients/junior staff alike. Often does not acknowledge junior staff unless they make their presence painfully known to him. Interestingly, their grumpy-ness vanished instantaneously at the presence of their immediate superior.
The Big Boss – Dressed to the nines, complete with a tailored suit/blazer and tie (with golden cuff links, no less) this smart looking doctor breezes in and out of consultations with the pack consisting of registrars, interns, and awe-struck medical students trailing behind him. Has the ability to stride much faster ahead the rest (due to the limited time in a day vs. the number of positions he hold), and is a tough one to catch up to when it comes to walking beside him at the same speed. Junior doctors are intimidated by him; patients are reassured at the sight of him. The Big Boss’ power, authority, and commanding presence is often seared in the memory as the ultimate goal in the eyes of impressionable medical students.
The IT Savvy Doc – Tech wizard of the unit, this doc is brandishing every single item representing the latest technology available. Like Rambo in his heyday, his belt is strapped with his ammunition for a tough day’s work at the ward. PDA with state of the art detachable keyboard, 2-3 GPRS mobile phones (busy busy doc), pedometer (for himself), and other gadgets in their leather cases that us IT newbies can’t seem to make out just by looking at it alone. The amount of pager calls he gets per day for his patients rivals the amount of calls to troubleshoot the ward computer system’s bugs/errors etc. No one knows it better than he does.
The Santa Claus – Chubby, cheery, and chirpy. This senior elderly doc is affable and appeals to every level of the staff and patients. With a temper that’s non-existent, he is often on first name basis with the staff and patients and his laughter can be heard several wards away. Often pretty prosperous around the waistline, this is one strong advocate for happiness as well as health where occasional indulgences in guilty pleasures such as chocolates, home made pies etc are strongly encouraged – if not prescribed. As opposed to driving a flashy expensive car, this one prefers to ride his bike to work. How lovable is that?
The Superstar – Funky clothes, funky hairdo, funky eyewear. This brand of doc is the epitome of fashion and style at work. Never too busy to dress up, and never too late to touch up. Changes hairstyle every few weeks, each venture reliving something straight out from those glossy glamour magazines. Flamboyantly strolls into the ward with a beat in his step, whistling and winking while waving coolly at staff and patients alike. Brightens the mood at the ward with the residents taking bets to predict what he/she would wear tomorrow. What next – the leopard-print shirt, the psychadelic tie, or the maroon suede pants?