Doctors Earn CME Credit for Watching Medical Dramas

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CHICAGO, IL – In a statement released earlier today, the Accreditation Council For Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) announced that doctors can earn continuing medical education (CME) credit by watching popular medical dramas such as Grey’s Anatomy, ER, and Chicago Med. 

greys anatomyACGME spokesperson Dr. Sri-Sheshadariprativadibayankaram, when reached by Gomerblog, enthusiastically said, “Now, more than ever before, we know that doctors have very little time for CME and for entertainment, so it only makes sense to combine both.  An episode of House M.D. can teach viewers about how to construct insane, impractical differential diagnoses.  I personally remember learning how to diffuse a bomb when it had been surgically placed within a patient’s abdominal cavity by watching a gripping episode of Grey’s Anatomy.  Where else would I have learned that?  They didn’t cover that topic in my medical school, thats for sure!


Since the announcement, medical schools have hinted that medical drama episodes might soon become incorporated into their curricula.  There is hope that the television programs can augment the waning attention span of medical students in the classroom, since rampant resistance to ADHD medications has been reported within that cohort.

Dr. Sri-Sheshadariprativadibayankaram did explicitly state to Gomerblog that the ACGME will not grant CME credit for viewing episodes of the Dr. Oz show because its content is “too unrealistic.”

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