10 October 2007

Loot!

It is bizarre but doctors who make six figures will eagerly line up for free pens, cheap nylon tote bags, and plastic novelties emblazoned with the name of a drug or biotech company.

I guess it's better from an integrity punt of view to accept amusing but worthless trinkets than the expensive wining and dining which used to be so common. (it still goes on but more sub rosa.)

9 comments:

  1. Absolutely true...it's amazing. And docs respond to surveys promising in $25 renumeration.

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  2. but who wouldn't accept a doctor rubber duck? i think even the academic ID docs i know who wear garlic around their necks to ward off the blood-sucking big pharma, might make an exception for the duck. 'specially those with kids.

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  3. Oooh, *love* the AC/DC t-shirt. Does it have some obnoxious drug/device logo on the back? I've never gotten a duck, but I have a nifty collection of rubber brains.

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  4. I can't stand walking through the exhibition hall. I muster up the courage to make it to the Wellness Booth. Although I did end up with the ER/DR t-shirt and a Starbucks card as I somehow wound up at the ACEP Alley

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  5. The schwag wasn't quite as good for med students at the EMRA fair...though I did snag a nice pair of trauma sheers emblazoned with a school's name and a nice beer coozie.

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  6. It is just as bad when there is a promise of free food at the hospital.

    And, those rubber ducks are the greatest. I have bought many of both the docs and the nurse ducks as gifts for friends and staff and they never fail to elicit a smile.

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  7. I got the trauma shears and beer coozie too....and the shears on the airplane with narry a blink from TSA.

    I would have liked the ducky...Alas could not afford more days in Seattle.

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  8. Whenever the reps bring a new product to the OR and set up in the hall by the control desk, employees warily rush past their table to avoid the inservice until they are ready to commit to it on their own time. But, put a bunch of free stuff on the same table, and you have to fight your way through the crowd. Heck, you may need two or three inservices to really grasp the concept of the new Thrombin Spray delivery system.

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