Friday, September 28, 2007
This past week I started a toxicology rotation at the poison control center. Unfortunately, (or fortunately, depending on whom you ask) there haven't been many overdoses lately, so business has been pretty slow. I was sitting around the table with a couple of the pharmacy students when one of them turned to me. (Keep in mind these women are six months away from becoming doctorate-level pharmacists.)
1st student: "Excuse me, can I ask you a question?"
1st student: "Which word means country: rural or urban?"
1st student: "Are you sure about that?"
Me: "Pretty sure."
2nd student: "The way I remember it is that the store, Urban Outfitters, is like, in the city."
1st student: "Oh, yeah." (Long pause here, then much scrunching of the face.) "But what about Keith Urban?"
Me: "What about him?"
1st student: "Isn't he a country singer?"
(I shake my head and walk out of the room to keep from laughing.)
2nd student: "I'm pretty sure she's right that rural means country."
Am I wrong here, or aren't those 4th grade vocabulary words? Maybe these two have dedicated all of their brain power to chemical reactions, but I found this conversation kind of scary.