Discussion in 'Family Medicine' started by emedpa, Apr 15, 2003.

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  1. emedpa

    emedpa GlobalDoc 10+ Year Member

    Aug 25, 2001
    Taking an Away team....
    is it just me or does the show's premise that a big city neurosurgeon could open a full scope FP practice in a small town seem a little ridiculous? sure he would be ok with all the surgical stuff, but what about all the primary care problems, medications, ob, peds, derm, etc....
    great show, but why couldn't they have just had an fp doc move from ny to the middle of nowhere?
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  3. edfig99

    edfig99 10+ Year Member

    Feb 26, 2003
    tell me about it...even Northern Exposure was a little more palatable.
  4. NuMD97

    NuMD97 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 1, 2002
    New York
    I wondered that as well. As an aside, it's interesting to note that this year many of the 500+ plus FP residency programs are being inundated with transfer requests from surgery residents who are seeking to switch to FP. Many programs don't see that as a "good fit" for advanced placement because of the reasons the previous poster cited: no OB/GYN, Peds, or [limited] IM experience.
  5. ckent

    ckent Banned Banned

    Jul 31, 2000
    Yeah, based on what I've seen happening on the show, they clearly don't have any medical consultants on the show. On the very first episode, there was a townsperson who was asking the neurosurgeon if he planned on setting up a derm clinic. Neurosurgery to family practice is a far reach, but I believe that it could happen. Some states which are short on MD's will allow you to set up a "general practice" after only one year of residency training in anything. I do know of general surgeons who converted their practice into a general practice.
  6. DOtobe

    DOtobe 10+ Year Member

    Dec 12, 2000
    Pittsburgh, PA
    What network is this show on? I've never even heard of it.
  7. DoctorShaR

    DoctorShaR Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    May 1, 2003
    It is truly possible I know of a general surgeon who after 15 years in sugery decided to open up 2 fp medical clinics that takes care of predominately low income patients. He is now a general practitioner, who actually see patients in his clinic 6 days a week.
    Anything is possible.

  8. Paws

    Paws 7+ Year Member

    Jun 2, 2003
    I have a hard time watching 'real' tv because it seems way too bogus. I mean, I like the medicine on ER, but when I have watched it I found myself thinking: what's up with all these stupid personal dramas? It seemed everytime something medically interesting came along - which it did WAY too often - there would be this sudden intrusion of a charcter's personal whatever. :confused:

    Then I realized, maybe that's supposed to be the whole premise of the show, these rediculous personal dramas. I had to give up.

    Mostly I am left with the Nature shows on PBS, or American Experience stuff. Otherwise I get too confused and wonder: what kind of people are really like this???

    I did like NoEx, as we called it here - Northern Exposure. Sweet show and I thought the medicine was ok ...

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