Wednesday, December 06, 2006

The Art of Pimping

It has long been my observation that this rather unassuming blog fields an enormously diverse demographic. And, as I seek to fulfill my mission of writing compelling prose that appeals to all of my readers, I have begun to realize that my subscribers fall into two distinct categories, the medical and the non-medical. It is for my non-medical audience that I craft this entry with the intent of clarifying the "jargon" of the healing arts.

For you readers who are unfamiliar with the practice of "pimping," allow me to define the term. Taken from The Kwintessential Abridged Medical Dictionary (TKA,MD):

Pimping ('pim-ping). [noun] [slang, in the setting of the medical professional]: the practice where one member of the medical team (often the attending physician or other senior house staff) asks a series of questions of another member of the team (most likely the third year medical student or other unsuspecting bystander) with the alleged intent of teaching but often with the unspoken intent of intimidation and/or embarrassment.
Pimping has traditionally carried a negative connotation, but the actual practice varies in its forms, from refreshingly constructive to mind-crushingly brutal. To be honest, I have never yet been subjected to the horror stories that my friends tell me about (although, to be fair, I have not yet done my surgery rotation). However, I came across an article, originally published in the July 7, 1989 edition of JAMA that encapsulates, with a bit of humor, the art of pimping. Enjoy, my medical/non-medical friends!


Anonymous Alistair said...

Interesting initials your dictionary has...

Friday, December 08, 2006 5:03:00 PM  
Blogger Eagle said...

Hi Tim,

How do Christian doctors apply the art of pimping?

Counting the days til we see you and Deborah again.


Thursday, December 14, 2006 1:00:00 PM  
Anonymous michelle said...

What a great article...hope it provides guidance for you before you encounter your first pimping experience. =)
I've heard stories too from some of my med. school friends. What an experience...usually non-pleasant, I'm sure, but what an experience nevertheless.

Ah, so I will be seeing you at GYC in less than 10 days. I'm looking forward to this GYC very much. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season! =)

Monday, December 18, 2006 11:13:00 AM  
Anonymous deb said...

Hmmm....are you sure this art only applies to the medical profession and has never been refined on younger siblings? It's OK, if I was ever the object of an early form of pimping, I'm sure it was "refreshingly constructive" and not "mind-crushingly brutal." :)

Monday, December 18, 2006 3:56:00 PM  
Blogger YLGMD said...

The article was most intriguing. Good Find!!


Saturday, December 23, 2006 4:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

how interesting! lol
especially after the deep impression of definition of the term from my human rights class.
most interesting i'd say! =)

Tuesday, January 02, 2007 9:00:00 PM  

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