Skip to comments.Does Medicine Discourage Gay Doctors?
Posted on 04/27/2012 7:54:21 PM PDT by nickcarraway
During my surgical training, whenever the conversation turned to relationships, one of my colleagues would always joke about his inability to get a date, then abruptly change the subject. I thought he might be gay but never asked him outright, because it didnt seem important.
But one morning, while we working at the nurses station with several of the other doctors-in-training, I realized it was important, because at the hospital, he really couldnt be himself.
Doctor and Patient Dr. Pauline Chen on medical care.
That morning, one of the senior surgeons stormed over. He had found one of his patients feeling slightly short of breath, no doubt because of an insufficient dose of diuretic overnight.
Which of you idiots, he growled at us, gave my patient a homosexual dose of diuretic?
It took me a moment to understand what the surgeon was trying to say. But when I finally did, I couldnt help but glance at my colleague. He stood mute, his face ghost white.
Later that day, the group of us would rant against the surgeon and even make fun of him. But none of us, including that colleague and me, ever confronted him directly or reported the egregious remark. We were too scared. Doing so, we felt, would have been tantamount to saying we were gay or lesbian ourselves. And it wasnt hard to realize that in an environment where senior doctors felt free to equate homosexuality with incompetence, such an admission would have clearly been a career-ender.
In a recent issue of the journal Academic Pediatrics, Dr. Mark A. Schuster, head of general pediatrics at Childrens Hospital Boston, lays bare the experience of being gay in medicine and the constant struggle to choose between being a doctor and being openly gay. The prose is riveting, but it
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Anything that discourages “gay” anything is a plus.
Amen to that. One of the most unhygenic, disease-ridden lifestyles around.
I wasn't aware some doctors specialized in treatment for that.
OK, thanks. So then it follows I have the same option to choose a heterosexual doctor.
Not in the New England Journal?
I guess his ms. wasn’t accepted.
“Which of you idiots, he growled at us, gave my patient a homosexual dose of diuretic?
It took me a moment to understand what the surgeon was trying to say.
homosexual dose? who gets to explain this joke to me?
Always trying to get to the children.
He probably said "fag dose" or "faggot dose," meaning weak or ineffectual. "Homosexual dose" was used by the NYT because they want to draw attention to this, like the media recently did by arguing - on television - that word "nigger" should be used instead of the phrase "the n-word."
They buff it up with claims of better "honesty." But what they're really trying to do is encourage people to use inflammatory insults openly, so as to fuel the flames of civil unrest and disorder. If you haven't noticed recently from the President of the United States openly taking sides in an untried homicide case in support of those who are demanding a lynching, the Left is currently trying as hard as they can to light the country on fire - and the media is doing its damndest to help them (because, of course, the media IS them).
Oh please, homosexuals have had homosexual doctors for years as they don’t want to be told that their lifestyles could kill them. Randy Shilts referenced many practicing Homo doctors in his book “And The Band Played On” back in the 80’s. The left is just scraping the barrel looking for something to bit** about. Get ready for more legislation...
One of them almost killed a patient by not giving the patient the proper dose of a drug, and they got upset because the surgeon used a slur?
Personally I have my doubts he used the word “homosexual” in this context. Surgeons tend to use 4 letter words when they are angry. And I suspect the four letter word he used was not “gay” either...
The New York Times is truly unbelievable.
Medical professionalism excludes sexual advances toward patients and their families. Straight or gay, doesn’t matter. A patient should have no indication of a doctor’s sexuality except perhaps as a passing reference.
If a female doctor practices and only happens to say yes, she and her partner Ann have 2 kids, no big deal. If flaming sexuality is the hallmark of homosexuality, it has no place in medicine.
if a patient is allowed to select a doctor they are most comfortable with. (women who rather have a woman doctor, men who would rather have a male doctor. or vice versa) Is it not only normal but to be expected that the 98.5% of the population would not automatically be inclined to a sexual fetishist for a doctor.