Things Med Students and Ninjas Have in Common

I know most of you won’t percieve the connection
so I’m offering this collection as a correction to your misconceptions.

The first point of likeness comes from the uniform,
sure they have different names, but to the uninformed
the difference between scrubs and a ninja costume’s small when
both are pyjamas for professional use, whatever you call them.

Secondary to the strikingly similar outfits
is the fact that both groups carry diverse tool kits
filled with arcane equipment they can use in a fight
(if you disagree, perhaps you’ve never been blinded by penlight)

You know what else is a major part of ninjitsu?
Stabbing people. And maybe you’ve heard of this thing that we do
called IM injection – it’s just stabbing by another name,
one more way in which students and ninjas are actually the same.

Finally, let’s mention the ninja’s main ability –
moving around so as to almost attain invisibility –
but compared to med students confronted with a tough task
their ability to melt away doesn’t even come close to us.

So although no-one’s cooler than ninjas
and med students are mostly just nerdy whingers,
I’m sure this entry will prompt you to re-evaluate
the many other ways in which they actually do relate.

Image from here

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lovethebadguy
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 13:58:51

    Poem about ninjas.

    Doesn’t get much better than that! 😉


  2. renxkyoko
    Jun 10, 2011 @ 14:37:54

    The mask too, right? lol
    Both meds and ninjas have some written honor to keep…..what else…. I don’t know what else. ^_^;

    As usual, excellent post!


    • The Rhyming Med Student
      Jun 11, 2011 @ 19:17:53


      Funny you should mention the masks actually. I almost put a photo of my masked face from the swine flu days on this post – but the generic band of ninjas won out in the end.

      We’re both on a lot of TV shows too.


  3. cassiemalvar
    Jun 11, 2011 @ 18:09:05

    I especially love the “I’m offering this collection as a correction to your misconceptions” part, makes my tongue go twisted. :))

    Yeah, now that you said it, our scrubs with the mask and headcover do look like a ninja’s outfit. :O I’ll never look at my scrubs the same way again.


    • The Rhyming Med Student
      Jun 11, 2011 @ 19:18:27

      I wonder if it’s possible to get black scrubs and masks? I’ve got to say I’d happily work for any hospital that allowed their students to dress like that.

      Personally, I’m just waiting for someone to teach me how to throw scalpels.


  4. DP
    Jun 13, 2011 @ 23:13:23

    lol. your blog is funny. my cousin is going into or finishing his 4th year of med school now. we are the same age and I chose the finance route… pretty different. At times I feel like I should have gone that route…


    • The Rhyming Med Student
      Jun 14, 2011 @ 18:10:20

      Thanks! I don’t think many people are certain of which route they want to take until after they finish uni – it’s a bit of a catch-22 really. I feel like that’s definitely one of the biggest advantages of coming to medicine as a post-grad like I have.


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