Sunday, March 11, 2007

PMS, Part II

Since I'm still in my mood swing, I'm going to be unreasonable, regress 25 years and vent a bit more. I have had it for today with thyroid biopsies from the 10 hours of seminars today, so I'm just gonna talk crap.
Some things really irritate me. Pet peeves.
One, cellphones ringing when they're not supposed to. You'd think that anyone with some sense of decency and at least half a gram of brain material would remember to turn off (or to silence) their cellphones at meetings or the movies. But without a doubt, whether in the USA or Malaysian (10x worse back home), there's always bound to be some idiot who's not able to read the pre-movie notice 'Please silence your phones'. Worse are those damn ahbengs who have the nerve to answer their phones and then proceed to converse. Fucking morons. Here, you'd think that being in a hall with 200 highly qualified subspecialty trainees, it would be different. But no. Even after one or two phones had gone off, some people were too retarded to remember to shut their phones up.
My second pet peeve, and I know it's going to hit some of you out there in the face so be forewarned, is medical students who call themselves doctors, or who sign up for email addresses that begin with I mean, WTF? That's stupid, that's arrogant, and bothers on boasting. And it's almost as stupid as having as your email nick. First of all, buddy, getting in was the easy part. Surviving medical school is a different thing. The graduation rate amongst the Malaysians at my medschool was only 70%. So, don't be so sure you're gonna get that title in front of your name. Not that there's anything special being called 'Dr. Vagus'. I'd rather be called studmuffin or tripod. You might say that you're free to use whatever username you wish, then again this is my blog so I'm allowed to throw temper tantrums like a 5 year old who just crapped in his diaper.
This has always been a minor irritant to me. But I guess the thing that pushed me over the edge was this medical student who is a total stranger to me who sent me an email asking for advice, who began his email with 'Hey Brother....'. And get this, he not only has drsomething for his email address, but his email profile has his name listed as Dr. So and so. Talk about being presumptious.
Not sure who reads my blog anymore these days aside from the FBI, but if you, the medical student I refer to happen to read this, here's some advice: it really IS rude to start an email to a total stranger like that, especially if you're asking for career advice. Now let me go and PMS somemore.


Blogger Humour and last laugh said...

Interesting blog Doc.

9:33 PM  
Blogger sbanboy said...

Part III ?

12:32 AM  
Anonymous ront said...

how abt if Dr.Dre email you ah?
starts with 'Yo! what's up Bro?'


5:15 AM  
Blogger dobbs said...

Having some sympathetic PMS? ;)
Feel the same way you do about medical students who sign up for email addresses with dr in them. I don't even have a dr in any of my 4 email addresses!

5:20 AM  
Anonymous NIPHS said...


Publishing Makes you Stressed
Phones Must be Silenced
Punish Medical Students
Psycho Medic from Seremban
Psycho Mayo Shorty
Porsche Mercedes Speedster
Penis Must've Shrunk (tripod??)

take it easy ;)

9:57 AM  
Blogger Dhssraj said...

eh not just FBI. i think you missed out the ISA boys in putrajaya that hv 2 guys on your blog daily! haha

11:03 AM  
Blogger Mei said...

I totally agree! I even tell the nurses and everyone else to address me by just my first name. I feel more comfortable that way. We're no different from anyone else, really... only human.

I hate showy people who "shamelessly advertise" their DR. title... more so if you're not really one just yet.

2:09 AM  
Blogger greenpea said...

the world is turning upside down and downside up.

medical students calling themselves doctors... seen quite a few here especially when they introduce themselves to patients.

a couple of weeks ago, i had this tag-along guy who just finished college, waiting to get called for an interview in dublin medical school. arrogant... "i always wanted to be a doctor to help people...i've applied to dublin, glasgow and umm.. australia was on my mind as well but..."

hmm.. no time, no time for all that.

on the other hand, i have patients calling me aunty, 'siao-che', 'misi'... 'misi' pour water for me... oh man. what's happening?!

6:49 AM  
Anonymous snowday said...

You need another snow storm to chill your PMS down...

take care

8:58 AM  
Blogger vagus said...

spring has sprung, so no more snowstorms :P
well my cycles usually end after a few days. i'll feel better after Thursday (stupid 12 hour long seminar ends).

11:08 AM  
Anonymous Jimbo said...

101% agree with you brother...heh, heh, I can call you bro? Can I? :-P

5:43 AM  
Blogger vagus said...

haiyah jimbo you good fren oledi, you can call me brother or macha or dahling or whatver you want lar ;)

6:14 AM  
Blogger Tanya said...

I worked for an oil company who gave the administrative staff in their accounting department the title of "accountants." Whatever. My take on why they did that? Because they tended to put male employees in those spots, and God forbid you call a man an Office Assistant or Administrative Assistant or anything blatantly offensive like that! :-)

8:00 AM  
Blogger YeePei said...

I'll love to see Jimbo call Vagus dahling. heehee...

Can't remember what I called you when I first met you, but I hope it wasn't anything rude.

8:07 AM  
Blogger caryn said...

i call you pig all the time.. i hope you don't think that's rude.. ;)

cheer up, brother dear..!

4:59 PM  
Blogger Xiao_zhai said...

Hmm...I am still unsure how to address you ...

Cranial Nerve Ten?

5:44 PM  
Blogger vagus said...

look everyone, don't get me wrong. you can call me whatever you want on my blog. my point is, when you're emailing someone for the first time, and you're asking for advice on a career in cardiothoracic sugery, you should not begin your email with 'Hey Brother'.

6:02 PM  
Blogger YeePei said...

Caryn, see... if "brother" is rude (and I agree that in that context, it's %£$@ rude), what can a sister like you do??? Pig's the next best thing? Right?? *grinz*

*runs far far away*

6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to apologize for being that person who forgot to shut off her cell phone during the movie. I could have sworn I shut it off when the movie began - that is why I let the phone ring, and ring, and ring - I thought it was someone else's.

I am so, so sorry. :)

ps - I'm also that person that kicks the back of your chair - I'm not very good at sitting still.

9:36 PM  
Blogger YeePei said...

Vagus, I'm sure most (if not all) your readers agree with you that the said student is rude. (DUHhhhh... you don't "hey brother" anyone you barely know... much less someone you're seeking advice from)...

Just poking fun and joking here. :)

9:44 PM  
Anonymous Jimbo said...

sorry, can't bring myself to say the 'D' word to Vagus. ugh!

9:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once a resident paged me to ask for some advice, and in every other sentence, she would call me "love". I was having PMS too (perennial mopey syndrome) and after 3 minutes of enduring all the "love", I snapped at her to get rid of that word from her vocabulary altogether. *meow*

5:21 AM  

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