Medical Mondays and the One Where He’s Perceptive

“Good morning, Mr. B!” My resident announces our presence to our elderly, slightly demented patient. He’s been there for the better part of a week with a now improved acute kidney injury, but somehow I haven’t managed to meet this patient until today.

The patient pauses, his glance darting from my resident to me and back, eyes widening in surprise. “…TWO doctors? Two of them?” he asks incredulously, voice booming.

I smile and reach to shake his extended hand. “Not quite, Mr. B. He’s the only doctor for now. I’m just learning!”

Mr. B nods. “Just learning, I see. I see. God bless you, just learning!”

My resident’s eyes meet mine. “Yes, but she’ll be a great doctor someday.”

I pause, hoping that I’m not actually blushing.

Mr. B shoots alternating looks at the two of us again as my resident listens to his lungs. “Hey,” he says, focusing on me. “Is this your boyfriend?”

I watch color flood into my (admittedly very attractive) resident’s cheeks. “No, sir,” I respond. “He’s been a great teacher, though.”

Mr. B lets out a sigh. “Too bad. You’d make a great husband-wife team.”

I glance up at my resident, whose eyes betray his inward laughter and we exchange our usual smirks. And just for a moment, I wonder if that patient has caught on to something we haven’t.


I can’t believe it’s already another Medical Monday. Time has been absolutely flying this year!

To old friends: welcome back! Thanks for bearing with me and my spotty posting habits; I promise I haven’t forgotten about you!

To any new visitors: Hello and welcome! I’m K, a third year medical student, currently slugging my way through my Internal Medicine rotation. Somehow, I find myself with a mere six weeks left of third year, and fourth year cannot come soon enough… although I wouldn’t mind a little more time to figure out what residency to choose!

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11 thoughts on “Medical Mondays and the One Where He’s Perceptive

  1. Thanks for linking up with Medical Mondays! Ahh, this story could get very interesting. I am sure it wouldn’t be the first time it has happened:-) You will figure out which residency is right for you. In the meantime best of luck this year!

    • Bah, I wish it would get interesting… professionalism totally nixes any hopes of a Grey’s Anatomy lifestyle. But thank you so much for your support… and for hosting another MM! 🙂

  2. Hey, I found you from medical monday, and just adored the anecdote! I date a MS3 and obsess over things he’s doing and people he encounters. I am an OT, I work in geriatric in combinations of assisted living and nursing homes, and encounter so many characters… and shamelessly flirting with the older men… borderline unprofessional, or therapeutic? Who’s to say! Adding you to my list! 🙂

  3. Visiting from MM hop 🙂

    Cute story, it made me chuckle. 😀 I don’t work in the medical field but my SO starts his residency this July. I shall look forward to more interesting stories!

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