The Grey's Anatomy Insider takes its role as the top fan site on the web very seriously. That means we always scouring the web for news, as well as looking for viewpoints from everyone -- fans, critics, columnists, bloggers and even medical practitioners.
Last season, we talked to a pediatrics intern at Massachusetts General Hospital. Most recently, we made the acquaintance of Liane Nasser, a Physician Assistant student at an Ivy League institution, who has been doing clinical rotations in New England hospitals for the past 13 months.
When she's not watching Grey's Anatomy, Liane currently works in a large Boston teaching hospital, which employs the typical hierarchy of attending physician, chief resident, resident, intern, and student.
Below, we take a look inside the mind of someone on the inside... which is precisely what an Insider ought to be doing.
THE INSIDER: Liane, welcome. It is a pleasure to talk to you today. Let's get right down to it. On one Grey's Anatomy episode, "Something to Talk About," a husband developed a seemingly pregnant belly due to sympathy pains for his wife. What's the strangest condition you've encountered?
LIANE: I once encountered a 12-year-old girl who was caught jumping on her parents' bed. She came into the ER with extreme pain in her right side and a small cut oozing a fluid that was darker and more viscous than blood. With a CT scan, it was found that the fluid was in fact pen ink. Apparently, the child's mother had been writing checks in bed and the patient landed on the pen and it logdged 4 inches inside the belly. She went off to surgery.THE INSIDER: Ouch! Dr. Burke and Cristina. Dr. Shepherd and Meredith. Have you known of any residents dating interns? What, if anything, would be the consequences of such an arrangement?
LIANE: The above mentioned relationships are actually between ATTENDING physicians and interns, which is much more scandalous than resident-intern hookups. Since power can be a real point of attraction, these relationships do occur, although infrequently in my experience as the consequences are severe if higher-ups become aware. However, extracurricular love between residents and interns and students is rampant and the source of endless gossip.
THE INSIDER: Do you have a lucky surgical cap like Dr. Burke?
LIANE: No way, you never want to wear one twice as they are usually contaminated with bodily fluids.
THE INSIDER: Yes, of course. Lovely. So, what is your favorite surgery?
LIANE: I have been recently been scrubbing in on open heart surgery, there is something about seeing a heart beating in front of you that makes you forget that they body is a machine and believe there is a force bigger than us out there.
THE INSIDER: We get a similar feeling from working on blogs. It's really quite uplifting. Do you know of any residents such as the "Nazi," Dr. Bailey?
LIANE: Of course. People with stress are not always pleasant. You learn to hear the words themselves, not how they are said. Besides, it's fun to commisurate with fellow student peons.
THE INSIDER: What's the most realistic part of the show? Unrealistic?
LIANE: The most realistic part of the show is the hours they work, the most unrealistic is ALL of the medical stuff. They need to fire the "medical consultant" who writes/designs the medical information of the show.
THE INSIDER: Yeah, some of it does seem a little fake. Have you ever hooked up in the exam room and left your underwear there as you exited in haste?
LIANE: Not me, of course!
THE INSIDER: Will Meredith choose McVet or McDreamy?