Surgery Residents, are you still complaining?


As a doctor who fled Iraq in 1991 after spending 6 years of my life in active duty on the frontlines, everything else I faced was Heaven for me. I was lucky enough to start my residency in general surgery only a few months after my boat landed on Los Angeles shores. Needless to say, surgical residency is a gruelling experience, and while I enjoyed it, many of my friends complained, and still do!!
Well, you complaining surgical residents, listen to this story!
There was a little sparrow that used to fly to the South every winter to avoid the cold weather. One winter it said,” I am leaving no more; I am tough and can take it.” And so it did. And before long, it started to snow and it fell, frozen, half-dead in the barnyard. A cow went by and crapped on the sparrow. It turned warm again and the sparrow was back to life. That was a big mistake because a cat saw what was happening. It came, cleared the shit off the sparrow, and ate it. I learned three lessons out of this:
Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy!
Not everyone who clears the shit off you is your friend!
and, most of all:
if you are happy and warm in the shit, keep quiet!!

4 responses to “Surgery Residents, are you still complaining?

  1. Your writing is fantastic!

    http://geoff40.blogspot.com

  2. Noor Azman Othman GBE

    Hi Doc,

    Congratulation for being the first commenter on my new blog. Do you that for having a flag ship blog with a high PageRank help a lot? Anyway thanks again. Do come back again.

    Greeting from Malaysia.

  3. Samir Johna, MD

    Noor;

    Thank you! Your name says it all, Light!

  4. Samir Johna, MD

    Geoff;

    Thank you for your kind wards! I visited you blog. I must say, this is a new world for me!

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