15 October 2006

The risks of notoriety

I am at the national convention for ACEP, the American College of Emergency Physicians. I enjoy coming because it's always full of engaging lectures and really lets me reconnect with the reason I am an ER doctor, lets me refocus my thinking and develop my vision for where I and my practice are going.

It's also a lot of fun, and I get to reconnect with old friends from residency.

So today one of my partners and I were walking into the hotel, and ran into the director of my residency program, who was talking to a half-dozen of the current residents. He waves me over, greets me enthusiastically, and introduces me to the residents. "This is Shadowfax," he says, "He graduated from the program in 2000."

One of the residents blurted out "The Shadowfax?" Another follws it up with "Oh man, I've heard about you!"

Uh-oh.

"Er, what exactly did you hear?" I managed to weakly croak.

"I was talking to Dr Jones, and he told me about the time you walked into a room for 30 seconds, walked out and said, 'This kid has Kawasaki's and needs to be admitted for IVIG. This is the most interesting thing I am going to see all day. I'm going home.'"

"I heard about you used to do spinal taps with your eyes closed," chimes in another. "They said you preferred to do it by Zen."

I had some very vague memories of the incidents. They sounded familiar (though somewhat inflated in the telling). The stories, to my great discomfiture (and the poorly suppressed amusement of my partner) went on for a while. I was more than a little surprised that I had been remembered at all, let alone in such detail. It's a big academic program, and I didn't cultivate any close relationships with the faculty, so I kind of expected to be forgotten. I guess I did make an impression.

That's a good thing, right?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Usually when people say "That was you your so and so, it is usually a bad thing, So congrats with the being legendary status