The medical drama just keeps on getting served like pancakes. It seems that Hollywood has really hit the vein this time with Grey’s Anatomy episodes. This is the newest addition to the hospital soap opera. Perhaps soaps have definitely evolved and have gotten bigger and better. The cheesy lines have definitely lessened. There are more intriguing storylines and better acting. But still, can Hollywood really capture a realistic hospital scene? I asked a good friend of mine who was an intern at the Mt. Carmel Hospital of New Jersey to pass judgment on the show’s verisimilitude.
She said that even before watching Grey’s Anatomy episodes, she was already skeptic about the whole thing. She was accustomed to how Hollywood completely fabricates the medical profession and creates a fictional image of doctors that can sometimes really hurt the profession.
Fortunately, Grey’s anatomy made a few good things. For one, it didn’t show doctors having sex in the call rooms. This was the most usual image that Hollywood promotes because a lot of people would fantasize about that.
The many characters that appeared in Grey’s Anatomy episodes are also lovable and varied. The mix is perfect. You have the timid but strong former model Izzie played by Katherine Heigl, the awkward George played by T.R. Knight, Meredith Grey played by Ellen Pompeo, and the tyrannical Cristina played by Sandra Oh. I suppose it does happen sometimes that there are instances when interns and their superiors get together and get to become flings. But there is a good deal of improbability of this in the real world because most attending physicians are just ancient, and married, and nasty. I guess if your attending physician’s got the same mug as Patrick Dempsey, then I guess it would be likelier.
A big theme in Grey’s Anatomy episodes is the head butting of the doctor’s egos. In real life, that is not really that prevalent. At least that what my intern friend says. But I have to say I’m skeptical. I think doctors do butt heads a lot of times. But one can’t discount the fact that in the end, what’s important for these doctors is getting the patient cured. After all, if they don’t succeed in helping their patients, no only will they be dishonored as doctors, it will also be a big blow to their career.
However, another plus point for the show is the realistic portrayals of the panic young doctors feel the first time a patient goes into something scary like a convulsion and the fact is you don’t know what to do about it. The way Dr. Grey experienced in the first few Grey’s anatomy episodes.
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