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    7 Things About Life In Medicine That TV Doctors Actually Got Right

    Who doesn’t love turning on a good tv show to unwind after a long shift? Although medical shows are full of medical and scientific inaccuracies and edited to add drama, they can also teach viewers a lot about practicing medicine and navigating life as a physician. Here are some lessons we’ve learned from our favorite TV doctors.

    Practicing Medicine Can Get Weird

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    TV doctors enquire a lot of strange patients and cases.

    Patients always keep things interesting! There are many situations you encounter during your practice that med school never prepared you for. Cases can take surprising turns, patients can come in with odd symptoms, and every day brings a brand new challenge. It's all part of practicing medicine.

    Embrace What Makes You Different

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    TV doctors are known for their unique personalities.

    You’ve got to have a unique personality to work in the medical field, and that’s what so many people love about the TV doctors on M*A*S*H, Scrubs, E.R., Grey’s Anatomy, House M.D. and many more! Your skills, talents, and quirks are unique to you and embracing them will help you connect with your patients and be an even better doctor.

    Everyone Gets Stumped Sometimes

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    Even TV doctors get stuck on difficult cases

    Even the best physicians can have cases that they get stuck on. No matter how long you’ve been practicing, how much you’ve studied, or how many patients you’ve seen there is always something you’ve never seen or heard of before. Take it as an opportunity to approach something from a different perspective, reach out to a colleague, and learn something new!

    Having Some Fun is Essential

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    Scrubs is a great example of TV doctors having fun.

    Practicing medicine is serious, patient care can have incredibly high stakes, and it’s easy to get burnt out. Don’t forget to relax a little and let yourself have a good laugh every day.

    Reach Out To Your Colleagues

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    Doctors on E.R. often teamed up to find solutions.

    Being a doctor is hard, but you don’t need to do it alone! Don't be afraid to reach out to your colleagues for support whether you want to bounce some treatment ideas off of them or just need someone to listen and offer a little emotional support. Your fellow doctors know what you’re going through and can be a great ally if you let them.

    Take Time for Reflection and Self-Care

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    Don't forget to take some time for yourself.

    It can be so beneficial to take a break in your busy day to take a breath, unwind, and reflect. Try writing an entry in your journal at the end of your shift, quiet down with a good book, or simply take a minute to be mindful.

    It’s Ok To Show Emotion

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    Doctors on TV shows like Grey's Anatomy are full of emotions.

    Physicians are trained to be professional and contain emotions, but sometimes you need to express what you’re feeling and that’s ok! Don’t be afraid to wear your heart on your sleeve and let others know how you feel.

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