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NY Med Series Premiere Recap: Jail Dodgers, Erections, and Tumors. Oh, My!

July 10, 2012 09:08 PM by Shayla Perry

From people trying to avoid jail by heading to the ER with random aches and pains and threatening to hurt themselves, to those erections lasting more than 4 hours that they warn you about in the commercials (they really do exist!), there’s no shortage of drama at NY Med‘s Columbia and Weill Cornell Medical Centers in New York City. And yes, some of the patients are even there to see the wonderful wizard — Dr. Mehmet Oz! But is the show as “brilliant” and “incredible” as ABC‘s been touting, or is it just a bunch of hype? The Glass House, anyone?

Anything that starts off with a 30-something male who’s “suffering” from a 12-hour erection after taking a Cialis can’t be that bad.

And while we’re still trying to figure out if we feel worse for the man who had to get the blood drained from his penis, or the “friend” who he just met at the club the night before who brought him to the ER, what we do know is that ABC has a reality hit in NY Med.

During the premiere episode, we only get a brief glimpse at the staff members of New York Presbyterian’s hospital centers who’ll be featured on the show, but there is one familiar faceĀ  — Dr . Oz!

Yes, between all of the talk shows and other TV appearances, the guy is an actual heart surgeon with actual patients…and an apparent addiction to Diet Coke (seriously, he’s got twelve cans on the bookshelf right next to his desk).

The show doesn’t exactly have Grey’s Anatomy-esque hook-ups…yet, but the stories are just as heartfelt, and the surgeries that the doctors are taking on are pretty serious; ones that anyone at Seattle Grace would be dying to scrub in on.

Like Jack Abramson’s open heart surgery….

He’s in the best of care with Dr. Oz, but the good doctor has made it a strict rule of his that he doesn’t operate without making sure that his patient has a loved one there; someone to give them a reason to pull through. For Jack, that person is his ex-wife. They may not be married, but there’s still a bond.

The surgery is a success, and luckily for Jack, he’s clear to have sex again, but only limited positions. Hmm… Perhaps with that ex-wife of his?

The prognosis isn’t as good for Cornelius Bretz. Cornelius has an inoperable tumor in his liver, which Dr. Tomoaki Kato is willing to at least consider trying to remove for him. After opening him up, however, they find another mass, and the pathology confirms that it’s malignant, making the surgery absolutely pointless.

The doctor says that Bretz has maybe 6 months to live, but the good news is, “there’s still a lot of living to do” and he and his wife can take their dream vacation to Ireland.

Rhonda Fernandes is also dealing with cancer — a brain tumor — and the doctors will need her awake as they perform surgery to remove at least part of it to reduce its impact on her daily life.

After the surgery, she is still having a little difficulty with her speech, but it was another success, and the doctors say that in the next few weeks, her speech will be back to normal.

Tell us, what did you think of the premiere of ABC’s NY Med? Sound off in the Comments section below.

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2 Responses to “NY Med Series Premiere Recap: Jail Dodgers, Erections, and Tumors. Oh, My!”

  1. yvonne Says:
    July 12th, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Loved the show. But as a nurse, I am upset about the ER nurse constantly pushing her hair back, which is unsanitary. Hair could be caught in dressings, etc. Most of us have to have our hair pinned back.
    Also, the patient with the sexual problem should not be laughed at(made fun of) ON TV by nurses or staff. That’s against all HIPPA rules & very unprofesional.Patients will now be afraid to tell things about themselves that may be important. I’ll bet I’m not the only one to comment on these things.

  2. Jim Says:
    December 22nd, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Yvonne, loosen up…I’m sure the patients are well aware this is a TV show before they agree to be filmed. Sure, hair should be pinned back, but you don’t know how well she maintains proper hand hygiene.


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