Saturday, August 27, 2005

Grey's Anatomy

LivingTV is launching yet another doctordrama on Monday night at 10 pm. If the amount spent on advertising it is anything to go by, it might be worth watching. Grey's Anatomy follows the lives of five surgical interns in their first year of being 'proper doctors'. So far, so predictable. The synoposis reads a bit like a tame version of House of God, which is November's Purple Coat Club book to read, by the way.

I can't resist a plug here for Amazon's new DVD rental by post service. For a mere £7.99 a month you can rent 4 DVDs (alternative plans are available for 3 or 6 DVDs a month). More details here. I have really enjoyed watching Dennis Potter's TV 'movie' The Singing Detective this month. If you're interested in dermatology or psychiatry, I particularly recommend it. The three-disc set comes with a director's commentary which is very revealing about the way it was made.


Giskin said...

I watched 'Grey's Anatomy' last night and liked it. The acting is solid and the soundtrack is great. Some of the scenarios are a little contrived. One new intern has to break it to the family that the patient has died on the operating table after 'promising' his wife that he'd be okay. How naive to make a promise like that! He obviously hasn't watched enough doctor shows on TV!

Anjali said...

i had a marathon session tonight and watched both the first and second episodes. i haven't decided if i like it yet.

it shocks me how different the American system is, with our new european time directives, i'm sure none of us will be expected to work 48 hour shifts.

the "OR" is so crowded! the competition to watch surgery is not so fierce in real life. as a student i've had the opportunity to assist in surgery, simply holding clamps, occasionally even doing some cutting or stapling. whether the patient has consented for me to this is another issue!

the show does effectvely portray the fears of a new doctor and the double edged sword of commradery yet competitiveness of the job.

Anonymous said...

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is responsible for the accreditation of post-MD medical training programs within the United States.Here's the law concerning resident duty hours:

1. Duty hours are defined as all clinical and academic activities related to the
residency program; i.e., patient care (both inpatient and outpatient),
administrative duties relative to patient care, the provision for transfer of
patient care, time spent in- house during call activities, and scheduled
activities such as conferences. Duty hours do not include reading and
preparation time spent away from the duty site.

2. Duty hours must be limited to 80 hours per week, averaged over a fourweek
period, inclusive of all in- house call activities.

3. Residents must be provided with 1 day in 7 free from all educational and
clinical responsibilities, averaged over a 4-week period, inclusive of call.
One day is defined as 1 continuous 24-hour period free from all clinical,
educational, and administrative duties.

Giskin said...

Interesting! So do I take it that a 48 hour shift, while not illegal, would mean that doctors could only work 22 further hours that week?