“I'm the associate dean for academic affairs.”
“That's impressive. You must have a lot of responsibility.”
“I'm the dean of student affairs.”
“Wow. You have a chance to shape students' careers.”
“I'm the assistant dean for CME.”
“What's that? I didn't know there was such a position. Did no one else want it?”
We may not actually hear these reactions explicitly, but I can tell you, that is what many physicians think.