NY Times-Speaking with the parents of a sick infant, Michael Argenyi, a medical student, could not understand why the child was hospitalized. During another clinical training session, he missed most of what a patient with a broken jaw was trying to convey about his condition. His incomprehension, Mr. Argenyi explained, was not because of a deficiency in academic understanding. Rather, he simply could not hear. Mr. Argenyi, 26, is legally deaf. Despite his repeated requests to use an interpreter during clinical training, administrators at the Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Neb., have refused to allow it. They have contended that Mr. Argenyi, who is able to speak, communicated well enough without one and that patients could be more hesitant to share information when someone else was present. They added that doctors needed to focus on the patient (not a third party) to rely on visual clues to make a proper diagnosis. Mr. Argenyi took a leave of absence at the end of his second year, in 2011, after suing Creighton for the right to finish his medical training with an interpreter.
You know how everyone used to tell you that “College will prepare you for the real world” and then you went to college and realized it was mostly bullshit? How it slowly dawned on you that it was better to pick your classes based on how they fit into your schedule even if they didn’t teach you anything? That you could do all the reading and get a good grade or not buy a single book and still end up passing the class? Well medical school is nothing like that. It is literally preparing you for the real world where your job is to save people from dying. I’d argue being able to understand what’s wrong with someone is a major part of that job. It’s great that he wants to be a doctor. It really is. In an ideal world he’d have an interpreter at his side at every waking moment and I’d be a high-class escort making a thousand dollars an hour to have sex with people. He lacks ears that work and I lack a vagina and good looks but curiously enough only one of us is suing people because they can’t comprehend how reality works. It’s great that there’s laws protecting people with disabilities from discrimination until those laws put everyone that person will every work with at risk. Sorry I don’t want another random guy standing in the hospital room with me so you can understand just exactly what’s wrong with my penis.