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!

  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


    Thank you! Your name says it all, Light!

  4. Samir Johna, MD


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

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