I am sure that if you haven’t already, you will soon encounter one student during your wards, who will be defined as a “shark”. Shark, meaning someone who will jump on every good opportunity to scrub in on a surgery, take on as many patients as possible, and do anything to put him/herself on the good side with the attending. TV shows, such as Grey’s Anatomy, portray doctors like Shane and Christina, as sharks, and they seem to have advantage over other doctors when it comes to performing complicated surgeries. So, my question today to myself and to you is: Do we need to be sharks to advance as doctors, and be better trained?
Please allow me to respond with my personal experience. When it comes to scheduling procedures with my colleagues, I tend to do a fair job and ensure that everyone gets their share. However, I have encountered colleagues, who will do whatever they can, to schedule themselves for as many procedures as possible, at the expense of others. I understand that we learn by seeing and doing, and the more we see and do, the more we will be better equipped as physicians, to function by ourselves without supervision.
So, in my opinion, it is necessary to learn when you can, but at the same time, allow for others to have the same chances that you do. After all, they paid to get where they are right now, just like you did, and we all deserve the same opportunity to learn. In conclusion, being a shark may not be a bad thing, if you are a shark who can share.