A medical resident divided Redditors when she revealed that she called out her cousins for pretending to be doctors. Her family is torn on the subject, too. So what happened, and is she in the wrong for what she did?
She Made It Through
OP is a 31-year-old medical resident in internal medicine. It’s been a long, grueling ride to get to this point, but she’s nearly finished and ready to start practicing on her own.
All in the Family
OP comes from a long line of doctors, with the loose expectation being that at least one child in every generation of her dad’s family will take up the profession.
Her father is a urologist, her grandfather was a family doctor, and her aunt is a pediatrician.
She Made Grandma Happy
And, although OP has 5 cousins on her dad’s side, she’s the only one who decided to make medicine her career.
When her grandmother heard about her choice, the older lady was overjoyed and relieved that the family tradition would continue.
She Was Their Only Hope
It didn’t come as any surprise to the family, though, as OP had planned to be a doctor since high school. Her cousins, on the other hand, didn’t want anything to do with medicine.
They Didn’t Stray Far
A couple of those cousins did end up working in healthcare, though. In particular, a male cousin became a chiropractor, and a female cousin is a newly minted nurse practitioner.
She Took Center Stage
Recently, the family held a holiday celebration, and most of the cousins came. A bunch of them were sitting around the table when their grandmother asked OP how her residency was going.
She Had It Whipped
OP told her it was exhausting but great. And best of all, it was nearly finished!
She Was the First
Her grandmother could once again barely contain her delight and told OP how exciting it was that she was going to be the first in the family from her generation to become a doctor.
He Wanted to Be Counted
At that point, OP’s chiropractor cousin jumped in and told his grandmother not to forget about him and the nurse practitioner cousin. They were doctors, too, he said, so she had to count them in her tally.
She Couldn’t Let It Go
OP admits that she was a little tipsy and probably snapped because she was so tired. But her cousin’s comment irked her to no end, and she couldn’t let it slide.
They Were Not Like Her
So OP told her chiropractor cousin that he and the nurse practitioner weren’t doctors at all – not in any sense of the word!
She said that chiropractic is pseudoscience at best and, while nurses and nurse practitioners are amazing health professionals, they’re still not doctors.
They Were Offended
That really got under the chiropractors skin! He called her arrogant and privileged.
Her nurse practitioner cousin said that nursing school was just as tough as medical school, but that doctors looked down on nurses because nursing has historically been a career path for women.
Grandpa Put Them in Their Place
At that point, OP’s grandfather jumped in and told her cousins to hush up and sit down. They weren’t doctors, he said, and they should stop making false claims.
She Was Uninvited
As the party was wrapping up, OP’s nurse practitioner cousin pulled her aside and told her she wasn’t welcome at the grand opening of her clinic a few weeks later.
She only wanted supportive people there, and OP no longer fit the bill
She Had Better Things to Do
OP was more than happy to get uninvited because she didn’t want to go, anyway, and she had better things to do with her time.
She Was Just Defending Herself
Now, though, OP wonders if she was at all out of line for cutting down her cousins’ inflated claims. She didn’t mean to badmouth their professions, but she felt like she had to defend her own hard work.
They Were Rude and Deceitful
Redditors are divided on this story. Many of them side with OP and think it’s rude and deceitful for her cousins to claim they are doctors. Others agree that the cousins were wrong, but they think OP’s response was a low blow.
But Some Think She Is Part of the Problem
Some healthcare workers commented that OP is part of the problem in the profession. They think doctors look down on their coworkers and see OP’s response as typical.
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