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And please tell us what you did in the hospital, and how your performance exceeded that of the physicians that didn't "actually gave a shit much beyond themselves." What was different about you that would enable the people around you to discern that you were better than the physicians? Did you take money?
I actually did care about the patients and my co-workers. Making sure everything operated properly, making sure things were maintained to prevent breakdowns. Maybe the job wasn't as important as knowing what kind of drug to prescribe a patient, but i had empathy at least and did my duties.
I remember being on call one weekend. I was called in to drive to a distant hospital to get some blood of a blood type we didnt have on hand. The nurse who gave me the instructions was in tears when I got there. I didnt know why and didnt ask. I found out later in the week, she had called the doctor who was on call that weekend. He happened to be on the golf course when he got the call and was furious. he came in and reminded her he was never to be called when he was on the course and tore her a new you know what.
I found out later also that he was notorious on his weekends to intimidate these nurses into not calling him. I could give other examples. In the 5 years I worked there I met about 7 Doctors, of which I knew one of them to actually show he cared about his patients health and well being. That doctor himself was so dissatisfied with how things were run and, rumorhad it, his fellow doctors, that he started his own practice.
I guess what would make me different then the physicians was the fact that i gave a shit about my job, as insignificant as compared to a doctors job as it was. I played a small part in the patients and staffs comfort but I took it seriously.