In a research project that we all wish we could get funding for, medical student Matthew J Czarny has ‘systematically analysed’ Grey’s anatomy and House in relation to their portrayal of bioethical and professionalism issues.
Consent was apparently the topic area that suffered least – only about 40% of patients were consented appropriately. In fact, (don’t try this at home) there were plenty of examples of clinicians trying desperately to convince patients to change their mind.
Oh, don’t forget about sexual misconduct either. Grey’s prefers to pair up Interns with their patients, whilst house tend to go for the Senior-Junior Doctor relationship.