Friday, June 12, 2009

Vanity



In the doctor's parking lot I saw a car (BMW or Lexus or something of that ilk) with license plates reading "DMII". I figured it belonged to one of the endocrinologists. You know, DMII, diabetes mellitus type II? Clever, eh?

But then I started thinking. Isn't diabetes a chronic, debilitating disease that deleteriously affects the lives of millions of Americans? Are you really sure you want to be using "DMII" as a vanity plate on your fancy, ultra expensive luxury vehicle? Nothing says "compassionate doctor" like letting everyone know that at least someone, i.e YOU, is happy that diabetes happens to be so prevalent.

What if other specialists drove around with similar plates? You'd have the Urologist with "REDPEE". The surgeon with "ANALWART". The cardiologist with "HARTATAK". The dentist with "CAVITY". And of course, the oncologist with "CANCER!".

13 comments:

ER's Mom said...

I think I'm going to get HERPES

Or what about GC-CT?

The possibilities are endless for us OBs. ;)

shadowfax said...

So is the above pictured car a Gynecologists?

Oh, I'm so sorry I even thought that...

tom said...

best vanity plate so far " wazhiz

medicblog999 said...

I swear down that I am not making this up!
I used to work as a theatre nurse (OR nurse) in a large teaching hospital in the UK. The Professor of Reproductive Medicine had a Porsche Carrera with the number plate "VAG 1"

Anonymous said...

c'mon haven't you seen the "assman" seinfeld episode? I guess rads have more time for tv.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fusilli_Jerry

but I have seen a rad with "pa lat" as his plate.

later,
radinc

Anonymous said...

I know an Emergency Physician who's license plate is "CU N R ER" on his BMW convertible. (I forget how the spacing goes, but you get the idea)

DKV said...

"IN2BATE" is invariably in our parking lot by the time I get there at 0700.

fqAR1mgtmcSeXDm2cB1P_olwxqQ_Hh_aBRGsGSC_czk- said...

Well, it's been about a decade ago, but as an attorney, I was vaguely horrified to see a car with "I SUE 4 U" headed towards the Franklin County Courthouse ....

DocV said...

Mine is "2THDOC"

Buckeye Surgeon said...

Yeah, even though vanity plates are fundamentally sort of gauche, I can at least appreciate the unabashed gall of 2THDOC and ASSMAN. It's the ones that focus on the disease that afflicts the patient that strike me as inappropriate.

i.e.--- SKINMAN is ok but MELANOMA would be sort of shitty.

Chris said...

I saw in the physician area of the hospital parking garage: a little sports car with "LUV2CUT" plate.

Anonymous said...

If there is a guy driving around in a car with a plate that says CAVITY. I hope it somehow specifies they are talking about the ones between both ears.

webhill said...

in my neighborhood I regularly spot:

CARDIAC
H2CO3
OPHTHO
FMLY DR
ICU EKG

and of course my own

AN1ML DR

:)