I have some new icons for people to use who love "Scrubs," primarily Dr Perry Cox.
Please don't use the ones that say "Personal Use," those are mine. Credit me or not, I don't care. I have the originals at 200x200 that folks can use as well. Look for those under the Scrubs folder on my PB.
I've been hanging about on the JD/Cox LJ community, but thought I'd post this here too. It involves slash (M/M lovin') between Drs Dorian and Cox on "Scrubs."
Thanks to the very appreciated feedback about my first Scrubs fic, I've edited it to remove little annoyances like "newb," to have only Carla calling JD "Bambi" and changed the action a little in the final scene of "My Fallen Idol." After watching it again, I realized I had it a bit askew.
Any way, here're the links to the updated versions, if you found yourself unable to read it earlier due to these earlier, untried efforts:
Time for me to bitch, 'cause I try to keep myself from doing so at work.
I answer phones in a call center for a branch of UW Medicine (University of Washington). I schedule appointments, take refill requests, answer patients' questions, things like that.
Some of our network providers are not medical doctors. We've got ARNPs (registered nurse practitioners) and PAs (physician's assistants). All three of these providers work as PCPs (Primary care providers).
Bitch Number One: Something I hear way too often, when someone's explaining what a PA is and can do (this one really makes me grind my teeth), "They're pretty much like a medical doctor...."
GRRRRRRRRR!! I know I tend to idolize doctors. My doctor, who's a few months younger than I, always refers to herself by her first name with me, but I've never called her anything but Dr. Whenever I hear the above, I ask myself, "Yeah, you tell that to a medical doctor, that a PA is essentially the same as they are."
Bitch Number Two: Referring to one of the PAs or ARNPs as "Dr." I hear this WAAYYYYY too often from my co-workers. Early on in this job, I'd say it kind of loud to correct them, but I've been getting the impression people think I'm a bitch if I do so. When a patient refers to one of them as "Dr." I say, "Just to let you know, so-and-so isn't a doctor," and I explain to them what the provider is. I stress that as a PCP, in the state of Washington at least, they can all do prescriptions, and referrals, things like that. I looked up on the state licensing site about the different types of providers, and it says PAs can do about 80% of what an MD can. I think one of the main differences is that they can't do procedures (you know, surgery?) I found this out just recently, so I point that out to people. I personally don't want a PA or ARNP, when I can go to an MD. I even told them once, when I was calling to schedule myself. "I only want an MD." Hey, I'm calling in as the patient, it's my choice. I know there are many of our patients who absolutely LOVE the PA or ARNP they're seeing, which I totally dig. If they're happy with the relationship, that's fine by me.
Bitch Number Three: The resident situation. Being a teaching organization, we often have residents at some of our clinics, going for family medicine or internal medicine specialization. When an opening comes up for a resident, I tell the patients that they're residents, and I usually get some hesitation. I stress they ARE medical doctors, they've got their degree, and that they're going for additional training. An attending physician would be with them at the time of the visit, so they may very well get their favorite IM or FP doctor at the same time. I personally love seeing residents. When I had my son at the UW hospital, it was a resident that caught him, the "real" OB standing right by the resident's side, watching the whole thing, not saying a word. I knew that if something serious came up, she'd jump into action and take over from him. When I go to their eye clinic, I always have a resident check me over first (I have very weird eyes), then the attending ophthalmologist comes in and does his or her thing. Nothing at all wrong with residents; how do folks think doctors get trained, after all?
I've been on a "Scrubs" kick, and I had to smile yesterday, the way I hear about residents and attendings all day. I'm learning the process (finally):
Intern -- you're still in school. You don't have your MD yet. Resident -- you've received your MD, and you're now a doctor, but haven't finished the additional training. Attending (aka Precepting) -- you've fully completed your medical training, and may now be practicing, teaching interns and residents, or going on for specialization (such as ophthalmology, hematology, etc etc).
I see a lot of our doctors' bios saying they're a Fellow or something like that. I think once they're out of residency, they do additional hours (per year) focused on a specialty, take the board exams, and are accepted into various medical organizations as a full-fledged "Fellow." I'm still unclear on this. Eg, my doctor is on some board of Family Medicine Practitioners.
One minor gripe is a PSR at one of our clinics calls their residents "interns." I asked him once, Intern? He said, Yeah, yeah, I always get those mixed up. I said, Big difference, you know.
That particular clinic draws a lot of residents going for internal medicine, because the docs there are either peds or IM.
I posted about this room party over in the NWC LJ community, about if people would go to this, and have received three positive responses (no negatives).
Mightyflorist mentioned the GAH DVDs, and I went to his LJ, but didn't want to just burst in with stuff about GAH that didn't relate to his entries at all, so I thought I'd post here.
He mentioned the DVDs being out, which is true, you can purchase the entire series.
I'm writing this to suggest that if someone's going to buy the series, and fondly remembers the show and wants to re-learn it (pretty much as most of us had to), you'll want to get the deluxe tin set that includes some extras.
A cape. No kidding, a real cape. Problem is, it's not nearly as nice as Ralph's in the series.
An iron-on transfer of the suit emblem. This is good, but the problem is it's too small. Not worthy of putting on a t-shirt or potential GAH costume of the suit. Maybe put it on a denim purse, I dunno.
The instruction book.BINGO! We have a winner, winner, winner! I haven't seen this instruction book yet, but my fellow fen on the GAH board assure me it's fabulous and an exact replica of the one we see on the season three opener (and what many agree is the best episode of the series), "Divorce Venusian Style." Some fen bought the new set, even though they already own the whole series, just for this instruction book.
GRIPES ABOUT THE DVDs
The main one: the cover songs that were in the original episodes are gone. No more "Rocket Man," "Help Me, Rhonda" and (sadly enough) no "Eve of Destruction." And many other cover songs that Joey Scarbury and/or L.A. Freeway performed (that's the singing group Ralph's students form for a time). I guess the producers, including Stephen J Cannell, didn't want to have to deal with royalties of having such songs. However, the original songs, written for the show mostly by Stephen Geyer, are intact. The very bestest one (in my opinion) is "We're Opposites," in the above-mentioned "Divorce Venusian Style."
Episode Titles on the DVD Cases: At least two of them are wrong (okay, one could just be counted as a typo, but it still irks me). Instead of "Saturday on Sunset Boulevard" the case says "Saturday Night on Sunset Boulevard." The other is "Lilac's, Mr. Maxwell" instead of "Lilacs, Mr. Maxwell." Gawd, I hate when people use an 's to denote plural, don't you?
Episodes out of sequence: For Season Three, the episodes listed on the DVD cases are not in the sequence they were aired, as Seasons One and Two are. It's important that they're watched in sequence, because that excrement "Thirty Seconds Over Little Tokyo" is first, then "Divorce Venusian Style," the season opener. "Thirty Seconds..." is agreed upon as being the worst aired episode, and "Divorce..." the best. "Thirty Seconds..." was also the last aired episode (small wonder they ended the series on the worst one ever, kind of like Star Trek ended with "Turnabout Intruder.")
The Greatest American Heroine: This was a pilot for a series not picked up by NBC (ABC produced GAH, btw.) For some reason, they included this in the Season One set. Most GAH fans unilaterallly hate it. I kind of liked it myself. If you're going to watch this, I'd suggest you watch "You Don't Mess Around With Jim" first, then GAHeroine (as we abbreviate it). I won't tell you why, just do it. You'll understand. To put it simply, in GAHeroine, Ralph has to give up the suit. Watch to learn more. (It's got the original three main actors of Robert Culp, William Katt and Connie Sellecca in it, btw.)
The Good Stuff about the DVDs: It's got four unaired (in original run) episodes, including one written and directed by Robert Culp, "Vanity, Says the Preacher." Many think "Vanity..." is one of the worst episodes as well, and I'm an RC fan and have to agree. It's just too much episode in 43 minutes. "It's Only Rock & Roll" is pretty good, and has Judson Scott playing a rocker in it. "Wizards & Warlocks" is mediocre, as is "Desperado" but that's just my opinion. These four are in the Season Three set.
Sadly, GAH only had one complete season, number Two.