The news of Sanjay Gupta's appointment to Surgeon General was probably the biggest buzz that had hit my little world of doctors, bloggers, Placebo Journal followers, and friends in a very long time. The majority of these people sent comments like this to me:
"Oh my God!""Are you f%cking kidding me?"
One of my writers stated:
I have to vote for Sanjay. Hey, at least he would be visible...and like Obama, he seems to be ready to do photo ops showing off his chest....The guy went to Iraq, maybe he would be willing to do something. I don't know, I may just be desperate....On the bright side, at least he is NOT appointing Tom Cruise and making Scientology the official religion...I was kind of worried about that.
Personally, I really couldn't care less if Sanjay gets appointed. If you never liked him before,then this role is a blessing because you will rarely see him again. The Surgeon General is a "mouthpiece" for the President and has little power and influence. Sanjay probably has more power on CNN.
I think the real issue is that a lot of people, me included, are jealous of Dr. Gupta. He is young and good-looking. He has had every great media and reporting opportunity ever granted to a physician on TV. He probably makes more than me as a family doc.......(sorry, I had to wipe the tears out of my eyes as I was laughing so hard as I wrote that). Now, Sanjay has been handed a plum role that is more about prestige than about money. He is set for life. Talk about being blessed.
I say let's leave Sanjay alone. The Surgeon General role is basically meaningless, unless I am missing something. More importantly, let's give Sanjay's CNN responsibilities to someone who is worthy and needs a real paying job. Anyone in mind? How about, oh...I don't know, a family doctor who has been in the trenches of primary care for the past 15 years? Someone with a sense of humor who calls himself the King of Medicine? Anyone come to mind? Yes, Sanjay, I want your job. I have all the attributes that you have without the skills and good looks. Where do I send my resume?