‘Chicago Med’: Here’s What the Show Gets Wrong About Working in a Hospital

by Jacklyn Krol
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Just how medically accurate is Chicago Med?

While television and film dramatize scenes and can’t actually perform medical procedures, what exactly do they get wrong?

According to TV Insider, Chicago Med is one of the top medical television series in terms of accuracy. It received an 8/10 score, the only show to beat it was Scrubs with a 9/10. Chicago Med’s medical advisor Andrew Dennis believes that it is roughly 85 percent accurate. Additionally, the creators and writers on the show only use published cases for the storylines.

According to conversations between fans of the show and medical professionals on Reddit, they missed the mark in terms of the coronavirus pandemic. According to a user claiming to be a respiratory therapist, the alarms and medical terminology used for COVID-19 patients were incorrect. In other threads, people pointed out accuracy issues with the safety procedures, safety equipment, and utter influx of COVID patients. The after-effects are also rarely shown on television.

Aside from the pandemic, every medical show seems to dramatize quite a few things. The amount of blood is used in excess according to Stat News. The report also noted that the term “STAT” is used primarily in medical documents like for testing. Finally, the number of patients that they see in an hour is actually more. However, the number of cases they solve in a short period of time can vary.

‘Chicago Med’: Why Dr. Ethan Choi Went MIA This Season

Fans of Chicago Med know that Gaffney’s Chief of Emergency Medicine has been MIA this season. Dr. Ethan Choi, portrayed by Brian Tee will not be leaving the show. He is currently working on a side project in real life.

You’ll recall that during the finale of Season 6, Choi almost died. A deranged patient shot him. While he did survive the major injury, it has quite the recovery period. While he didn’t appear in numerous episodes this season, he did appear in episodes seven and eight. When fans were confident that he was back for good, his health began to deteriorate. So now, Choi will be undergoing a multi-level spinal fusion surgery. In real life, the recovery is roughly two months, so we may not see Choi for a bit more time.

In real life, Tee did renew his contract with the NBC medical drama and will continue to be a series regular. He has been working on Amazon Prime’s Expats. We can’t say for certain how many more episodes Tee will be missing. Chicago Med fans surely missed his character but can look forward to his other project.

It is unknown when Expats will premiere on the streaming service. The official description reads, “Expats is the story of an international community whose lives are bound together forever after a sudden family tragedy. It revolves around three women, Mercy, Margaret and Hilary.”