In the Trenches

Also found in: Acronyms.
A popular phrase derived from trench warfare of World War I, referring to the active practice of medicine—in the 'real' world—as opposed to the less practical philosophies of the 'academic' world
References in periodicals archive ?
It's not acceptable not knowing what's in the trenches,'' said Rebecca Hobbs, the project manager.
As long as the material in the trenches stays in place, there is potential exposure to those living in the dorms and there is the potential for the site to be forgotten and stumbled upon years from now, its leaders say.
The trenches were part of a chemical weapons storage area in the 1940s, but there are no records indicating what was in the trenches before they were covered.
There are no records indicating what is in the trenches, which are near a set of new dormitories being built.
The Company's geological consultants, Avalon Development, report that a series of shear zones were encountered in the trenches with widespread iron, arsenic and antimony oxides present.
Other options are to dig a test pit to see what is in the trenches, entirely dig up the trenches, or use a cleanup method in which high-voltage electricity would turn whatever is in the trenches into glass.
Systematic sampling has been performed in the trenches and data is currently being compiled.
This high-assaying core intersection is similar to several other wide-high grade quartz veins observed in the trenches.