Did you watch scrubs? I just finished all 9 seasons and my respect for doctors and people in medicine increased by a ridiculous amount. I know it’s a TV show but do you think scrubs accurately portrays this career? I’ve heard scrubs was one of the most medically accurate TV shows. I know the day-to-day life they portray probably isn’t accurate but the emotions and the fulfillment associated with being a doctor is just so amazing. You know? I hope that made sense. What’s your opinion on this?
Do I love scrubs??
I absolutely love scrubs. In fact I have seen all the seasons… multiple times. It is my go to show when I have had a bad day, or when I need a break.
But how true to life it is, I don’t know. I am still in medical school so I don’t know what residency is like. I think that WayFaringMD has a few posts on this though. However I can offer some broad insights into how it will compare. (also I wanted to use these gifs I found a while back)
I imagine that for the most part you won’t have such a deep personal relationship with each patient. I doubt you will take patients to the park, buy them comics, or spend a night off sitting with them while they died. Though we would like to believe we can do theses things I don’t think internal med hospitalists really have the time for it.
I do think that you kind of form a family with your coworkers. I know that has already happened with my med school classmates. And like families you will fight with each other, grow with each other and share in triumphs and defeats. Unlike families you will also probably hook up, which has also already happened with my med school class. You may even find love. Many of my physician friends found their significant others in med school or residency.
You will also spend the first couple years having no idea what you are doing. Every time I have to see a patient I get nervous. I read a review of scrubs once that said the reason it resonated with people is that everyone could relate to feeling like a fish out of water. That is really how you feel when you first start medical school, and I imagine it is how residency feels.
So is scrubs true to hospital life? In aspects. But you have to remember they leave out the mundane hours spent on studying, reading journal articles and filling out paperwork. You see the highlights of relationships but not the real problems that sleeping with your coworkers creates. It is a comedy and a drama and it plays those things up. It leaves out what real life is, the day to day trials and tribulations. In real medicine no one will be there to pat you on the back for each patient you help and no one will be interested in hearing every lesson you learn. Unfortunately real medicine isn’t as glamorous as TV makes it out to be.
Medical shows are good if they get you more jazzed about doing medicine. Don’t let them be your reason for doing medicine though.
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