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June 7, 2013

BehindTheMedspeak: A quick and dirty aptitude test for potential anesthesia residents

The penny dropped yesterday while I was at a red light exiting Barracks Road Shopping Center, at Millmont.

I was in the right hand lane heading north and saw a car approaching on Millmont from my left (the west) with its right turn signal on.

Did I:

1. Turn right?

2. Stay where I was until the car turned?

Answer: 2.

Why is that the correct answer?

Because even though the approaching car looked as if it were about to turn right, it didn't — instead, it kept on going straight ahead and would have T-boned me if I'd assumed it would do as its signal indicated it would.

Bottom line: If you're the type that assumes because something is likely or supposed to happen that it will happen, anesthesia's not for you.

Rather: If it can happen, it will happen.

Think like an anesthesiologist.

If you can't or won't do that, there's still my upcoming so-titled book.

It'll be cheap at 99 cents.

June 7, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink


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