“We are also human” – Doctors defend med-resident caught sleeping at work

After a photo of a sleeping medical resident in Monterrey, Mexico made the rounds online, doctors around the world ran to her defense with a resolute message: doctors are still human beings.

A blog post criticized a young resident for reportedly dozing off while on the job at three in the morning as she was reportedly trying to finish some paperwork.

The blogger knows that it tends to be a demanding occupation, but still voiced out his dismay, “We are aware that this is a tiring job but doctors are obliged to do their work. There are dozens of patients in need of attention.”

Such criticism was not taken lightly by doctors all over the globe; so much so that the hashtag #yotambienmedormi (“I’ve also fallen asleep”) stirred up a social media movement.

The hashtag was created by Mexican doctor Juan Carlos, who posted his sentiments via Twitter, “#yotambienmedormi después de operar 1,2,3 y cuatro pacientes en una guardia cualquiera. (“I’ve also fallen asleep after operating on one, two, three and even four patients on any regular shift.”)

Carlos added that doctors in Mexico should be entitled to certain rights in order to provide quality service to their patients. However, he said that patients taking photos of doctors without consent is condoned. But, when it is the other way around, it is considered an unlawful act.

Other physicians echoed Carlos’ battle cry by uploading photos of themselves also catching some shut eye after long shift hours and work weeks.

Topsy, a social search and analytics company, reported that there have been more than 19,700 tweets related to the incident.

Some of the top tweets expressing compassion came not just from medical professionals but also concerned citizens who are looking out for the welfare of those who work in the medical industry.

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