Tuesday, January 25, 2005


i don't want to be mean. i don't want to be overly judgmental. so let me start off by stating that i really think that the postdoc that i'm working under for my new lab rotation is very well-meaning. however, i've got a slightly uneasy feeling about what may be happening in the weeks to come.

today was going swimmingly until this very worrisome phrase came out of her mouth, just as i was leaving. we had been making plans (copious, detailed plans) for doing experiments and learning techniques for the rest of the week. but then she said it, and it echoed and bounced around my auditory canals for about 20 minutes. it was:

"good job. i don't think i'll have you write anything in your notebook today, i think it will be easier for you to do tomorrow. i suppose you're done for the day."


i mean, it's fine to teach, and i'm glad she's taking an interest in my rotation project and all. but micromanagement like this will soon get old and extremely painful. it automatically made me think back to all the times i realized that some resident who was in charge of me was not going to fun to work with, but that there was abso-freaking-lutely nothing i could do about it.

maybe i'm overreacting (ok, probably.). but it's not me, right? i think i'm generally really easy to work with, yet i find it really hard to work with some other people. so perhaps part of the problem is internal. or perhaps a large number of people working in research and/or medicine are either a) evil or b) completely devoid of people skills.

here's to the next 8-10 weeks . . .

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off to teach my very first kaplan class!


  1. Anonymous5:03 AM

    OK, that does sound over-the-top. However, from the point of view of a postdoc who has had good & not-so-good rotation students in the past, having a rotation student is really time-consuming and has little tangible reward (you may get help on a project, but usually you lose more time helping the student, and let's face it, most postdocs value research over teaching (not everyone went to or wants to teach at a place like Williams!)) I'd guess that she just wants to make sure that she gives you enough time without having you take up all her time (because, trust me, it can happen). I'd also guess that she's the type of person who runs her own research in an incredibly regimented way (lots of lists, organized files, very detailed lab notebook) and that's the only way she knows how to teach someone to do research. Anyway, that's just my two cents. Good luck with the rotation!

  2. you know, i thought about it, and (to whoever commented), i think you're right. i think i'm just a little scarred by *residents* acting like this, but it's a lot different, because in that case (i think) we really WERE doing a lot of things for them and we WEREN'T such a huge burden on their time. plus residents are so pressed for time that they were often not that nice. this girl IS exactly how you describe her (very organized, regimented, etc.) and i shouldn't complain because once i'm up and running lab-wise i probably will be the same way. thank you for your input - i appreciate it!!