Grey's Anatomy: Life Imitating Art

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Grey's Anatomy is one of the hottest shows on TV, especially for those in the medical community.

The show, as we all know, centers in large part around the medicine and romance practiced by female surgeons. Every week, the doctors at Seattle Grace Hospital engage in a little bit of medicine and a lot of romance.

Grey's Anatomy: More Real Than You Might Think
Still, there are aspects of the show that are realistic; for instance, the by-the-book surgeries and the high number of women performing them.

"You look at our department alone; nearly half of our residents are women," said Dr. Carol Salem, a real life urological surgeon in San Diego who lives, quite literally, on the cutting edge.

Men entrust to her their most prized anatomy.

"More important than their brains, you mean? That's right, and most men would admit to that," said Salem.

She maneuvers the latest in robotic surgery, the "da Vinci," to remove cancerous prostates.

"It's basically the technology of tomorrow for surgical procedures," said Salem.

Salem said her patients care more about her training than her gender -- a point the Grey's Anatomy cast drives home. Two of the show's featured surgeons are female, along with three of the interns. Race is equally unimportant, with a black chief of surgery and several other minorities.

When it comes to hospital hookups and the steamy romance going on in the linen closet, there is nothing interesting to report in Salem's life. That's not to say romance does not happen in the surgery ward.

"Does that happen here? I know nothing about that," said Dr. Sonia Ramamoorthy.

Ramamoorthy said she knows something about doctors in love.
"A lot of doctors marry doctors, I'm sure," she added.

Ramamoorthy should know about doctors marrying doctors because she married a cardiologist.

"Across the intensive care unit, our eyes met," said Ramamoorthy.

She is also juggling the demands of surgery with raising two young boys.

"Some days it's less crazy than others, but I would still describe it as a crazy life," said Ramamoorthy.

She said more women are opting for this life thanks to others who paved the way.

"As more women go into it, seeing more role models, yes, you can be a mom, wife, great surgeon, and make your life work," said Ramamoorthy.

Much like Grey's Anatomy, it takes romance, humor and hard work to make it through another day.

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.