Dear Medical Students,
I'm not ignoring you, honest. It's just that you always seem to pitch up when I'm covering emergenby theatres and I'm concentrating all I can on keeping the patient 1. alive and 2. asleep. I may be able to give you few factoids or pointers every now and then, but I appreciate that this isn't much use to you when you don't have a good grasp of how anaesthesia affect human physiology. Come back when I'm doing a day case list where the patients are healthy and I'll be able to talk to you more then and teach you about the practical stuff.
I know it's dull/depressing/annoying being asked to stand in the corner and watch when you're not really sure what is going on, but with me, when I'm doing emergencies, that's the way it's got to be. It's nothing personal, it's just that if I let my attention wander away from my patient, bad things can happen.
I hope you understand.
Dr Michael Anderson (junior doctor)