Via an incoming link, over at The White Coat Rack, I’ve found a rather amusing description of the twelve types of medical students one is likely to encounter in medical school. Looking at the description, I realize that I probably was the Overly Academic, the one who “came into med school with plenty of research experience, but hardly any clinical experience.”
I do have a little quibble with Joshua, though, about his description of the Gunner. At my medical school in the 1980’s, no gunner was complete without the multi-colored pen that allows him or her to pick different color pens by clicking different buttons on the top. Gunners would use these pens to recreate the most detailed pictures shown (or, in a couple of cases, drawn) by the professor in anatomy lectures. Minor gunners would settle for the four-color pen. The true gunners, the ones like the one shown in Joshua’s picture, the ones who would sign up to be a scribe for the class notes service and then purposely leave out stuff from the lecture, wouldn’t be satisfied with anything less than the deluxe six-color pen. True, these pens tended to be a defining characteristic predominately during the first two years, which are made up mainly of didactic courses, but at my medical school at least no self-respecting gunner would lack for one of these pens. Later, the pens became useful instruments to stab gunners’ fellows students in the back in order to assure the highest grade.