The Oddest On The Job Training Ever
There is perhaps one of the dumbest scenes ever shown on any medical show in Season 5 of Grey’s Anatomy. Interns or residents at hospitals are there to learn from senior staff members. However, they have all finished at least most of medical school before they were allowed to even put in for an internship or residency at a hospital. During one scene that took place in Season 5, George O’Malley walks in to see something insane. The interns are practicing surgery, but not on some sort of dummy or even a cadaver. They are practicing on, well, each other. The interns were cutting themselves and then practicing stitching up the other interns.
Sure, this is not considered medical malpractice. Particularly considering they were all consenting adults. However, this could be a huge problem and would have either led to a suspension of some kind or immediate dismissal. More importantly, it makes no sense at all. In medical school, you learn how to stitch people up by using dummies and cadavers as well as pig skin. Considering pig skin is essentially as thick as our own. More than this, they would have likely had numerous times in the hospital to perfect their stitching as several patients need this done per day. There are also much less dangerous ways to practice too.