:: Doctors are like Geishas’ July 24, 2007Posted by Minci 先生 in Medical School, Ponderings.
Edna Mode once said..
Luck comes to those who are prepared
To me, doing medicine is sometimes like being a geisha. Both of these professions are about performing art. Contrary to what many people believe, Geisha’s are not prostitutes, they are entertainers who are skillful in performing Japanese arts like classical music and dance.
Doctors are performers too. Just look at how doctors take your pulse, or hold their stethoscopes on your chest. There’s a very delicate and professional mannerism to it. Most doctors are good actors and actresses too for we use a lot of role playing in our studies. Playing a depressed patient, a manic, someone with itchiness down below. Those sort of things. Then there are doctors who put an act in front of patients as one who is alert and fresh and interested to know about your ailments although in truth they’re like Zombies (dying for a shut-eye) and still irritated from the previous patient’s behaviours. However because doctors know that he/she is probably the first doctor you’re seeing for the day, they play nice.
Tomorrow will be just like any other show. As medical students, our Geisha-like shows include being on our toes in the ward rounds and being mature and profesional in the OSCE exams. Tomorrow’s show is a presentation of the 2 month long project we’ve been doing all this while. 5 minutes each. Bleurgh. Like it or not, I’d have to be in the ‘kaki lebar mode’ – using THAT fake authoritative and confident voice tone, the fake KEREK and beaming face plus the fake crystal clear Anglais accent.
Good luck to my colleagues.