Attending: SleepyDoc tell me what sort of drug is warfarin?
SleepyDoc: ummm…..I don’t know, but really I mumbled some unintelligent answer.
Attending: You don’t know the answer?
Why don’t you guess?
SleepyDoc: I just did, and it was incorrect.
Attending: Ok SleepyDoc, tomorrow you will be doing a presentation, detailing mode of action, type of drug and side effects. Also detail the type of patient that warfarin cannot be used in.
Back when I was in medical school, if I didn’t know the answer I would always say ‘I don’t know’. I figured that I might as well not waste everyone else’s time with me guessing. Unfortunately it also meant that I would end up with ‘homework’ for the next day.