This was really an event for sociologists to study. Last week my husband and I attended a UM Transplant Center fundraiser at Zingerman’s Roadhouse in Ann Arbor. As usual, Chef Alex whipped up an amazing meal that helped to fund Camp Michitanki, a summer camp for kids living with an organ transplant. The dinner was great, the live auction was fun, but to observe such concentration and skill given to delivering plated food and beverage was something to see.

Only my husband, and his propensity to return to his roots as a researcher, would notice how these surgeons brought their surgical skills to the restaurant. As we sipped our wine before the meal, Steve pointed out how one surgeon wanted to clear empty appetizer dishes from the table from everyone at the same time rather than make several trips. Steve said “Look at him” as he impatiently waited for the man to finish his last bite. “They’ve got to be efficient with their work”, Steve said about the surgeons.

I had to catch myself as one of the surgeon/waiters asked me if I’d like more wine. I almost replied, “Well do you think I should”? “Sure” I told him.

Alas, the meal was over and dessert had been served. Again Steve pointed out surgeon/waiters with empty trays walking aimlessly around the room looking for something to do. “They need to do something. They need to cut something–they don’t know what to do”. We laughed as it really was cute.

Watching these very intense, extremely bright and hard working lifesavers hold back their arrogance (and Steve says there is no one more arrogant than a surgeon) and humble themselves to serve food to others was quite a sight.

We joke about the arrogance of a surgeon, but which one of you would undergo anesthesia with an unsure surgeon placing a scalpel on your abdomen? Give me the most arrogant, the Leaders and Best!

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