TV docs teach students about professionalism

Researchers at the University of Western Sydney surveyed almost 400 medical students about their perceptions of key characters from popular medical dramas, including House and Grey’s Anatomy, to determine which characteristics were valued or seen as negative.

The study found that students favoured characters who focused on clinical care and spent minimal time dealing with administrative duties. 

The researchers said this indicated that many students believe “the work of a doctor should be primarily, if not solely, clinical and should not involve many administrative duties”. 

“Given that high administrative loads can contribute to job dissatisfaction among general practitioners, it might be that medical schools need to ensure that their students have realistic expectations of a doctor’s responsibility in administrative matters,” they wrote. 

Students understood that by