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Survivor M.D.: Tattooed Doctor

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Fourteen years ago, NOVA began following seven Harvard Medical School students as they started a long and rigorous journey to become doctors. In three separate installments, NOVA follows the evolution of these seven as they progress from medical students to practitioners.

Tattooed Doctor:

  • records Tom Tarter's work as an emergency room doctor addressing acutely ill people's immediate safety needs rather than being concerned with longer-term health management.

  • conveys that, regardless of background, anyone with commitment and determination can become a doctor.


Second Opinions:

  • chronicles internist Jane Liebschutz, ophthalmologist David Friedman, and former practicing pediatrician Cheryl Dorsey's earliest days in medical school.

  • poses the ongoing question of whether these doctors would do it again and whether the singular dedication their training required was worth it.

Hearts and Minds:

  • traces the medical school struggles of psychiatrist Jay Bonnar, anesthesiologist Elliott Bennett-Guerrero, and cardiologist Luanda Grazette.

  • chronicles the different medical approaches and styles that these three doctors practice daily.

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