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Pimping: What to Expect

Posted by medliorator on April 26, 2008

Someonetc shares some pointers for pimpers at Orthopaedic Residency

In the art of pimping, questions should come in rapid succession and be somewhat unanswerable. Questioning can be grouped into approximately 6 categories:

1. Arcane points of history – facts not taught in medical school that have no relevance to medical practice.
2. Teleology and metaphysics – questions that lie outside the realm of conventional scientific inquiry. Most often found in the National Enquirer and addressed by medieval philosophers.
3. Exceedingly broad questions – for example, what is the differential for a fever of unknown origin. These questions are best asked at the end of conference. Regardless of how many good points the student makes, s/he will always be criticized on the points missed.
4. Eponyms – questions like, what is the Hoffa fracture? These are usually dated terms that should be struck from memory.

For a master pimp, these are important categories to understand. Their utilization, while at a nursing station or in front of many naive on lookers, can gain the questioner many power points. It is like flexing your muscle in the gym mirror in front of the elliptical machines.

Brain mouth filter … [Orthopaedic Residency: The attending perspective]


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