Do all surgeons think that they are Gods?

  1. I used to work in a small community hospital with 4 OR rooms, it seems that most of our surgeons think that they are God when they are in the OR. Why are the Doctors who have terrible bedside manners, usually the best surgeons, and the Doctors who do not have the best skills, are loved dearly by the staff and the patients.
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  3. by   BearLV
    I think we could call this another one of Murphy's laws for nurses.
  4. by   angiebaby
    One of these days, the Great Surgeons, will be old and lonely!!
  5. by   RNonsense
    You know...I've been really fortunate to have never met a surgeon like how you describe yet!
  6. by   liberalrn
    99.9% of the surgeons I have worked w/ are warm, caring and funny--can count on one hand the arrogant ones.....don't be intimidatd by them--they're just people. The arrogant ones are usually the ones that were hotshots in med schol and were taught (prob. by their moms) that they are better than everyone wlse--there is no help for such people. Avoid them at all costs!
  7. by   spineCNOR
    Yes, Angie, sadly many surgeons think they are gods. Perhaps this is a special course they take in surgeon school. But seriously, perhaps this goes along with the "power corrupts" theory- after years of being catered to by everyone they come in contact with (patients, nurses, sales reps, and even people they see socially), perhaps they begin to believe they are better than the "common folk". Some of these guys are also dealing with insecurities that are buried deep--society expects them to be all-knowing, all-powerful, yet no human can be that, so they feel that have to maintain a "good front". And lets face it, some people are just jerks, and surgeons who also happen to be jerks don't have the same kind of checks and balances on their behavior that the average person has--it has been part of the culture in hospitals for years that doctors can act any way they want to, because the hospitals are dependent on them to bring patients in.

    In my experience it does not always follow that the poorer surgeons have better social skills. Where I currently work we have a surgeon with terrible interpersonal skills, and he is not a particularly good surgeon, yet he frequently acts very arrogant in the OR, and is very demanding--I really think the root of this is insecurity, at some level he is aware that he is not very good, yet he maintains a "I am a doctor, I am god" front.

    We have another surgeon who is an excellent surgeon, yet he is a super nice guy--talks to everyone the same, whether they are another doctor, or a nursing assistant.

    As liberalrn said there is no hope for the arrogant ones!
  8. by   altomga
    What is the difference between a surgeon and a puppy?

    The puppy grows up and stops whining!!!!
  9. by   spineCNOR
    Q: What do you call a basement full of surgeons?

    A: A "whine" cellar!
  10. by   gwenith
    What is the difference between a nun and a theatre nurse?

    The nun serves only ONE god!

    P.S. I told THAT joke at a Catholic Hospital and brought the house down!
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes

    No they don't all think they are gods; they "KNOW" it.
  12. by   MandyInMS
    Originally posted by SmilingBluEyes

    No they don't all think they are gods; they "KNOW" it. just read my mind!
  13. by   nowplayingEDRN
    There is a heirerarchy (sp??) and it is as follows:

    Cardio-Thoracic Surgeons
    Orthopaedic Surgeons
    Plastic Surgeons
    General Surgeons

    However, i have found that if you give their nonsense right back to them and have the experience to back it, you have tons of respect and they turn into these warm caring beings with a sense of incredible humor!

    Most think they are Gods because they assume the power over thier patient and the nurses and comsume it to thier tiny Napolean complexes. I highly doubt its taught in Surgical rotations because they are treated as the dumbwaiters they are at the time. Have you noticed in the OR when a Dr who thinks he is god has atleast one nurse who tends to his every need and whimper.... why is that.... Why because there will always be one nurse who will camper to the need of the stupid and undeserving. I work with some of the best Cardio thorasic guys and I have one who tries to part water constantly and I told him that if he could seperate the slush on my slush machine I would treat him like a GOD but until then he was still JUST A DR to me. He has yet to make the slush and the saline seperate and he is still another pair of hands to me in the OR, he gets no special treatment at all. Others I have worked with are complex rainmen. They babble about thier wishes, well guess what You get the correct amount of Nurses to tend to your patients and you MIGHT get your wishes granted until then you stand there and whine. Who knew a puppy could do Neurosurgery.... Or Cardiothorasics, Or Plastics, hey and even Ortho.
    How long did it take you to train the puppy not to wee wee on your floor at home? It takes about the same amount of time to paper train a Dr in the OR.
    Just a thought