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Medical dramas are not new to television, as they have been a staple for TV viewers since the 1960’s. Shows such as Dr. Kildare and Marcus Welby, MD, brought medicine into the homes of thousands of Americans. Medical drams have evolved over the years. The excitement sparked by the show ER in the early 1990’s and help to shape the future of many medical series, setting the standard for shows which viewers watch today.
In this course, students will view real examples from medical TV shows such as, “ER”, “House”, Grey’s Anatomy”, “Scrubs” and “Three Rivers”. The students will examine the impact of these shows and their coloring of the public’s perception of medicine and the individuals who deliver healthcare. In addition, they will evaluate the accuracy of medical situations and examine the relationships between physicians and patients, and other members of the healthcare team. Ms. Gibbs is an Associate Professor of Imaging Sciences and has been a healthcare professional for almost 30 years. In addition to teaching, she currently practices in the profession as a radiologic technologist.