Today is Match Day, the day when medical students learn where they will be completing their residency programs. I know this not because I, nor anyone in my immediate or extended family has ever attended medical school, but because my brain is basically an external hard drive of information not readily useful. I’m interested in a lot of things, okay?
In celebration of March Day, let’s talk about some of my favorite TV doctors.
Dr. Lahiri of The Mindy Project
Name: Mindy Lahiri
Occupation: OB/GYN at Shulman’s Women’s Health Associates
Credentials: Princeton University undergrad, Columbia University for medical school.
Though her personal life sometimes seems to be a mess, Dr. L takes her job seriously. She is warm, friendly, and strives to make her patients happy. Well-educated and well-qualified, Mindy is the kind of doctor any girl would be happy to have. Plus, I’ve never met a Mindy Kaling character that I wouldn’t want to be friends with in real life. Are you supposed to want to be friends with your OB/GYN? I don’t know how that works.
Dr. House of House
Name: Gregory House
Occupation: M.D., Head of Diagnostic Medicine at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital
Credentials: Board certified diagnostician with a double specialty in nephrology and infection disease. Graduated from Johns Hopkins University for undergrad, (which he then attended for medical school but was expelled,) then University of Michigan for medical school.
House has no bedside manner and he doesn’t trust you like at all. Most of his patients don’t even see him with their own eyes. Oh, he’s also a drug addict, which is not a quality I would tolerate in a medical professional. However, how many patients has House lost, 2? The amount of mind-boggling cases he and his diagnostic team have solves speak for themselves. If there’s something wrong with you and you don’t know what it is, this is the man you want on the case.
Dr. Zoidberg of Futurama
Name: John A. Zoidberg
Occupation: Ship’s Doctor for Planet Express
Credentials: questionable. He practices human internal medicine, but his doctorate is actually in art history.
Dr. Zoidberg’s knowledge of human anatomy and physiology is lacking, which is a major detriment in a doctor. The good thing about Zoidberg is that medical technology has improved so much by the year 3000 that he can reattach limbs or even your head if need be! He may under-qualified, but with all of the crazy injuries the Planet Express crew has endured, the fact that none of them are dead is a ringing endorsement for Zoidberg in my book.
Are you a soon-to-be real doctor (or friend or family member thereof)? I want to hear your Match Day story!
Is your favorite TV doctor not on the list? Tell me who!