Fredrick B. Hagemeister, MD
To the Editors: Dr. Michael Smith, in his letter about scutwork, pointed out that he, too, had to perform mundane tasks on a daily basis in his private practice setting (1, 2). However, his comment that "perhaps the only physicians to escape scutwork are those who stay in academia" seems somewhat short-sighted.
Like Dr. Smith, I was bemused by "A Phenomenology of Scut" (2); I, too, wondered what residents expect to find when they emerge into the "real world," and I, too, speak with paramedical personnel, chase down roentgenograms, fill out requisitions, and write all of my own orders and
Hagemeister FB. Academia Is Not Scutwork Free. Ann Intern Med. ;116:779. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-116-9-779_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(9):779.
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