A third year student talks about a great attending
As a 3rd year student, you are always scared of getting pimped, being asked questions and not knowing the answer. When I was in the intensive care unit, I had a great attending who would get the whole team together and then ask every member of the team questions. He would go around in a circle so that every single person had to answer and by the time you got to the end nobody remembered who was right or wrong. Then, he would tell the answer without acknowledging that anybody was right or wrong.
When I didn’t know the answer, I would sometimes try to think of something that would help people laugh because you tend to get a little bit downtrodden in the intensive care unit when a lot of patients don’t do very well. When you are working with a group of people that are happy to be there and are very supportive of each other and can laugh together, it makes the whole thing worthwhile. This attending made me feel smart. Even when I said the wrong answer, he made me feel like I had contributed. It didn’t even feel like work.