Surgical Reminiscences |


W. Gerald Rainer, MD
Arch Surg. 2001;136(2):238. doi:10.1001/archsurg.136.2.238.
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DURING MY general surgery training at the Denver Veterans Administration Hospital, there was one consulting surgeon who always complained about everything at our institution, especially the inability to have 8 AM cases start promptly at 8 AM. So, for his next consultant visit, I had the patient in the operating room at 6 AM and, after preliminary preparations were in order, decided to make early rounds while the anesthesia resident prepared the patient. On returning at about 7:30 AM, I found that the anesthesia resident (not known for skill) had not even started an IV line! Despite my usual easygoing and mild demeanor, I proceeded to take charge and probably (inadvertently) insulted the anesthesia resident to the point where he complained (cried? whined?) to his Chief. The Chief of Anesthesiology promptly reported the incident to the Chief of Surgery, who came straightaway to the operating room door where I had successfully (though with obvious difficulty) started the case on time. With an ominous crook of his index finger, the Chief beckoned me to leave the operation without delay. Walking from the operating room to the Chief's office, still in surgical attire, I proceeded to dramatically and emphatically remove my gloves (still unsoiled) and fling them with great flair on the Chief's desk and state: "I only did what you would have done." He replied, "I know, but I have to support my Chief of Anesthesiology." Thus was born the "B eing K icked O ut of the O perating R oom by B en E iseman" Club.


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