Was talking to a more senior person in my department recently. This person was going off about how the younger generation of anesthesia trainees is a bunch of snowflakes who don't really know what genuinely toxic cultures are like and how good they have it now. How in their day, senior faculty were much more abusive of trainees. Gave a couple of examples.
They were pretty bad! Sadly nothing out of the realm of what I and my colleagues experienced as in training as well.
One thing stood out to me. They were talking about this time where they had a really difficult case in the OR with a bad patient outcome. They were in the process of tying up loose ends from that case when the board runner called them up and sent them to do another really difficult, exhausting case overnight, because they were the call resident. It was "awful" because the board runner didn't acknowledge the difficult thing this person had just gone through, ask how they were doing after the bad outcome, or give them even a small break in between cases.
Honestly? That has happened to me so many times I have lost count. SO MANY, including recently when a neonate I took care of had a bad outcome because of a lethal surgical problem. This sort of event is so commonplace that I consider it part of the job.
There is no way to respond when senior faculty talk like this. Many things have improved in medical training over the past twenty years, but I've still had my knuckles rapped with surgical instruments by angry surgeons, been dressed down in public over things that weren't my fault, and been abused in countless other ways. The problem is that many people are unable to see trauma when it is experienced by another person. If another person reports a traumatic event that happened to them, they are called weak and whiny. Then the exact same thing happens to them the following week, and it is the worst thing in the world -- they have been abused! I've seen this play out so many times.
It makes me sad to hear senior leadership call trainees whiny snowflakes, because I know they are not. I don't particularly understand why people who have experienced trauma use that experience to justify a) perpetuating it themselves, or b) turning a blind eye to the trauma experienced by those who come after them, but... in medicine at least, it is a thing. Why is it so hard to see it, or at least listen with open ears and hearts, when other people experience trauma? It baffles me. There is nothing left to say.