Bad TV, Bad Medicine

Along with a dwindling number of my medical colleagues, I’ve been watching Fox’s new TV show “The Resident,” which documents the experiences of an intern fresh out of medical school (the charming Manish Dayal), along with his chief resident (a brash but dedicated Matt Czurchy), and an assortment of other residents, nurses (including the wonderful Emily Van Camp), attending physicians and hospital executives. The show has been eviscerated with unusual venom by healthcare professionals on social media. The discussions about the show’s inaccuracies have gotten so heated the show’s co-creator, Amy Holden Jones, has taken to blocking those who call out the show’s flaws — something of a badge of honor within my physician networks.

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