The elements of real human drama that are present in medicine — from medical mysteries to sharp-minded professionals to the never-ending fight against illness and death — create a perfect backdrop for an engaging television series. However, in order to move the plot forward, many writers and producers inject a number of implausibilities into their narratives in terms of medical care and professionalism.
While perhaps no article would be long enough to dispel every instance of bad medicine presented by Hollywood, here are three facts about the biggest misconceptions perpetuated by some of the most popular medical dramas. These facts can help future medical school students know what they are getting themselves into:
— You never shock a flatline.
— Medicine is a team sport.
— Hospital relationships should be professional.
Fact 1: You Never Shock a Flatline
There is a scene that occurs in virtually every medical movie or