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The surgeon is scrubbed and ready. He calls for a “ten-blade” and the nurse slaps the scalpel into his hand. He nods, unwavering, and runs the sharp edge against plastic skin. And then —

A different kind of cut. The surgeon relaxes and now he is an actor waiting for a touch-up of his powder. The director makes a suggestion and he nods. He’s game. The patient sips from her water bottle. And in this world of seemingly unlimited takes, we are ready to go again.

My love for medical television has long felt like an embarrassing secret. I’m one of the few doctors I know who has watched all of “E.R.,” twice, and is fully up-to-date on “Grey’s Anatomy” characters and plot lines. So when I learned that doctors like myself regularly work for medical TV shows, I started to imagine the possibilities.

…continue reading ‘Doctor, We Need You in the Writer’s Room, Stat’

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