'NY Med' veteran claims new heart surgeons less skilled

A veteran cardiothoracic surgeon who saved the life of a new mother spoke about the negative impact of reduced hours worked by interns and residents on the latest episode of ABC's NY Med.

The eight-part documentary series NY Med has dipped its toe into a variety of pools during its run on ABC. Dr. Mehmet Oz's life as a surgeon was explored in the first show and his attempt to be a compliant patient was highlighted in another. Read: NY Med exposes the other side of Dr. Oz.

Viewers have been along for the ride with N.Y. Presbyterian Hospital's chief trauma resident as he revealed the toll his work took on his private life. We have seen the tales of two transplant patients and watched behind the curtains of ER bays as patients arrive with acute conditions. Read: Life as a trauma surgeon.

The latest installment of NY Med had its fair share of personal stories about patients who come looking to be healed from life threatening illnesses. One of those was a young mother with a ruptured aorta and another was a man with a psychological disorder that compels him to swallow metal objects, like nails, screws and paper clips.

It was the surprising honesty of Dr. Leonard Girardi that took center stage as he decried the lack of knowledge in the new generation of heart surgeons. Video posted below

With the reduction to 80 hour work weeks and working shifts Dr. Girardi has seen a serious lack of skills that he directly links to that workplace development.

During rounds with Girardi his new doctors displeased him with wrong answers to questions about suggested steps in treatment. He expressed frustration about having to repeat himself. He said, "It's Groundhog Day in here."

The medical care at the hospital that is featured in NY Med is some of the best in the country, not just the city of New York and for a veteran of that institution to complain about lack of knowledge in the newbies was more than surprising. It was shocking.

Dr. Girardi demonstrated his own skills by operating on the new mother and repairing her aorta in what he called one of the most difficult and serious operations performed in the hospital.

On the lighter side of things was our journey through the ER with nurse Diana Costine. Despite being a veteran trauma nurse she can still be moved to tears by patients' families who thank her for saving a loved one's life.

Ms. Costine is offended by those that wonder why she didn't go to medical school, rather than nursing school. It's clear she loves her work and is good at it but we learn that she blames the job for causing a two-year love relationship to end.

She was hoping she and her boyfriend had reached the point of discussing marriage and the ABC cameras followed her out of the hospital to a vacation with him in the Dominican Republic. We learn that the man knows very well that the clock is ticking.

When we next see Diana she has moved out of his apartment and relates the story of her being dumped without warning during an argument. She is humiliated but understands that her job has changed her in ways that are permanent.

She needs a romantic partner who "gets it" as she said.

There were other stories covered in last night's episode. You can see all of it and any other shows you might have missed on the NY Med website.
ABC airs new episodes of NY Med each Tuesday night at 10:00 p.m. ET. Image: Wikimedia

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Submitted by PeterL (not verified) on
I work full time at Dish and am putting myself through medical school as well so I know what it is like lose some one because they don’t “get it.” It is not an easy life and although I do feel bad for her it is nice to see that I am not the only one that has had to overcome this hardship. After watching this episode on my Dish Remote Access app I am more positive than ever that I am on the right path. I love NY Med. I don’t have much time during the day, but watching episodes with my app on the bus ride home always reminds me why. I don’t have any regrets.

Submitted by PeterL (not verified) on
I work full time at Dish and am putting myself through medical school as well so I know what it is like lose some one because they don’t “get it.” It is not an easy life and although I do feel bad for her it is nice to see that I am not the only one that has had to overcome this hardship. After watching this episode on my Dish Remote Access app I am more positive than ever that I am on the right path. I love NY Med. I don’t have much time during the day, but watching episodes with my app on the bus ride home always reminds me why. I don’t have any regrets.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
just wait until the student loans come due. You'll have more regrets than you ever imagined.

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