BOZEMAN, MT – A recent study using data gathered from women’s hospitals nationwide, recently confirmed a longtime hypothesis: OB/GYN residents who are the most adept at delivering babies, with the least morbidity and mortality rates, are also the best at making medical students cry.
Study head, Dr. Barry Ono, elaborates on the reason behind the study: “We have always known medical students to run in fear from the halls of Labor & Delivery (L&D) with tears streaming down their faces, but this is the first time we have asked ourselves, ‘Is that really such a bad thing?'”
“It turns out the more displaced anger any given OB/GYN resident has towards his or her medical students, the less laboring patients feel their wrath, which in turn leads to better outcomes, as well as higher patient satisfaction.”
We interviewed Dr. Mary North, one of the top performing OB/GYN residents in her program’s history, for her perspective. “When I was an intern and was pissed off about life, as I often am, I used to take it out on my difficult patients, you know by unnecessarily delaying epidurals, ramping up the Pitocin too fast, suggesting caesarians without clear indications, etc.”
“But then, a wise senior resident told me I should really try making med students feel inadequate instead. As soon as I made my first student cry after I pimped the heck out of him, ridiculed him even when he got the answers right, and made him retract for hours during a vaginal hysterectomy on a 300-lb. woman, it just felt right. Since then, after having been responsible for the tears of countless medical students, I am able to deliver 10-lb. breech births with my hands practically tied behind my back. AND I’m chief resident!”
Dr. North’s average time from greeting a 3rd year medical student on rotation to reducing him or her into a blubbering short-coated mess is now approximately 1 minute and 36 seconds (top 1% nationwide across specialties).
Since the publication of the study, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has made efforts with OB/GYN programs nationwide to train residents to more efficiently pair any teachable moment for medical students with profuse lacrimation (from the student, of course).