Don’t Be A Jerk

I didn’t draw the graph at right. It was made by a woman named Jessica Hagy over at Jessica is not in the medical profession. She draws her observations about the world on index cards and posts them online.

She also has a long and growing list of blogging awards from around the world. Mostly due to her brilliantly irreverent style and her ability to make social observations that resonate with people.

Like this one.

It’s a sad but true observation. For some reason, it seems like many medical personnel have an interesting combination of helpfulness and jerkiness. Why do you suppose that is? I’ve thought a lot about that over the years.

I think a friend of mine, Steve Brien put it best when he said, “Some of us still have a lot of us still in us.”

Our profession is about the patient. It’s not about us. Remembering that simple fact, and keeping it at the forefront of our thoughts, isn’t as easy as it might seem.


  1. So true! Some of us still do have a lot of us still in us. Many paramedics profess to be helpful as long as it is a means to their own ends. When things don’t quite suit our means, our own spin on things, offends our own sensibilities or values, we cease being helpful and become less than helpful. I can relate to many of your posts that address professional practice, empathy, attitudes and “the get it” factor…all great stuff.

    My 2 cents worth. Many paramedics need a defrag, some need a reboot and some of them need their hard drive wiped. I like Thom Dick’s philosophy. I think most would benefit from his wisdom.

  2. Ckemtp - Life Under the Lights says:

    Brilliant observation. Just think if every doctor was like “House” and how bad that’d suck. Why do some medics think that just being a nice compassionate person is a sign of naivete’?

  3. Steve Whitehead says:

    @ Scott, Thanks brau. Sometimes someone will say a phrase so rich with meaning that it just resonates with you. That phrase, “Some of us still have a lot of us still in us.” certainly resonated and stayed with me.

    @Ckemtp, it’s a mystery. But it isn’t something we need to buy in to. Most of our behaviors and belief systems are learned. So don’t teach it to the next guy coming in the door.