Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Full circle

I just spent the past hour teaching a clinical case session to a group of 1st year medical students. I must say, I felt rather strange sitting there with all eyes upon me -- the supposedly knowledgeable one -- while trying to engage my tired brain. I also learned a couple of important things. Importantly, one should never have contempt for a teacher in front of a group who demonstrates a brief stint of pure idiocy. When not under scrutiny, the brain often undergoes subtle lapses of concentration that can be circumvented entirely by a deep breath and a deliberate closure of the eyes; however, when an entire audience clings with tenuous attention to your words, somehow the gravity of the situation can stretch out those concentration lapses like taffy on a warm summer day -- and soon the sticky mess adheres to every thought until fluid communication becomes impossible. Teaching is hard.

Also of note, withold your snickers and derisive glances when a teacher displays with every raise of the arm a massive, ignominious armpit stain. For some reason, the armpits serve as the barometer of public speaking; when I am in public, my armpits don't sweat, and when I am speaking, my armpits don't sweat, but whenever I speak publicly, the sweat glands dump their salty product all over my clothes. I didn't realize this fact until I got to med school, but now I feel ashamed for every having made fun of my high school english teacher's huge pit stains.

Well, time now for a journey to the health club for an hour on the stationary bike. You wanna see sweat? I'll show you sweat.


At 2:05 PM, Blogger Moral Turpitude said...

You should wear plastic shirts when you speak in public so the sweat doesn't show through.

At 8:52 PM, Blogger L said...

public speaking is VERY hard to do-- I respect the fact that you can manage to do it....

At 12:31 PM, Blogger KarbonKountyMoos said...

One word:


At 9:49 PM, Blogger Rachel said...

I think men call them sport coats. Whenever I am giving a new training class, the first couple of times I wear a nice casual tailored jacket (hides any signs that are unlady like). I seem to lose the nervousness after the 3rd session though. BTW I HATE doing the public speaking thing.

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