Some group at our school has started a project called Draw the Line. They put up a bunch of posters with a med school-type ethics situation (guys telling sexist jokes, residents making students fetch dinner, etc.) at the top and space down below where people can write their opinions on the situation in magic marker. It isn’t a bad idea, except that most of the situations either aren’t a big deal or are completely unambiguous.
As the director of this year’s Lampoons, our annual roast of all things medical, I have decided to use this situation to begin the hype by making our own posters. I could still use a few more ethical vignettes, though.
Here’s what I have so far:
Jimmy is scrubbed in on a bypass surgery. As he is holding a clamp on a major artery, the surgeon turns and walks out, saying, “Screw it. I’ll be at the Wheel.”
Richard is in the Urology clinic, preparing to do a prostate exam. He opens the drawer to discover that the exam room is entirely out of lubricant. At the same time, he realizes that the patient is one of his professors from second year.
Eduardo is doing an exam when a very attractive nurse walks into the room. “Is is time for my medicine?” the patient asks. “Oh, it’s always time for this kind of medicine,” the nurse replies, taking off her nurse hat and letting her long blonde hair fall about her shoulders. As she leans over the bed, her low-cut dress straining to hold back her ample cleavage, bad 70’s funk starts playing softly in the background.
You overhear one of the residents threatening to use vulgarity, saying that many people refer to a certain individual as a “bad mother”. When you tell him to shut his mouth, he assures you that he is talkin’ bout Shaft.