Look, I’ve been an avid fan of the show, ever since it started. It was my senior year of high school, and I remember thinking how cool the life of a surgeon was. And to this day–13 seasons in–I still watch the show every Thursday night faithfully (unless it’s finals, then it’s the following day).
Sometimes I wonder if the show guided me towards medicine. I know friends that will say how the show most definitely guided them towards surgery; I also know other friends who chose medicine despite how Grey’s Anatomy portrays it. Because more often than not, medicine isn’t as dramatic, doesn’t involve the same level of medical and romantic complications that can be neatly resolved within an hour.
Medical complications and patient health are often much more mundane. Some days are extremely quiet; other days, you can’t even sit down. Many hours are filled with reviewing files, past case reports, and research studies, or with presenting patients to a team without operation or medical management. Compared to the TV show, there is a lot of “down time,” but I promise you the work is anything but down or quiet.
The one similarity is that my patient experience in medicine is anything but boring. There’s always something to be doing, more research to be done, more trials to study, and more patients to see. Not all cases will be wrapped up in drama and trauma, but every once in a while you will see a case that you will never forget. So far in my preclinical years, Grey’s AnatomyI get this experience every few weeks; but come July, this will become my daily routine. I can’t wait.