Grey’s Anatomy is a renowned American medical drama series that premieres on ABC is about various challenges the characters face in terms of personal and medical decisions. The encounters the characters face test their moral beliefs and values as they choose between the lively hood of their patients and career to become surgeons. The ongoing show focuses around a few major characters, but today I will be talking about four of them: Meredith Grey, Derek Shepard, Richard Webber, and Alex Karev. Dr. Webber is the Chief of Surgery at Seattle Grace Hospital along with Dr. Shepard as an attending who oversees the residents, Dr. Grey and Dr. Karev, who have become close friends over the course of their residency. This show displays numerous moments of internal conflict based on the oath they have sworn to as doctors.
In season 7 from episode 17 to 22, there is an ongoing conflict that battle on for these four characters regarding the ethics of the decisions made. Dr. Shepard recently started a new Alzheimer’s clinical trial with Dr. Grey is working along side. One day, Dr. Webber’s wife, Adele, came into the ER for a broken wrist and later diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Dr. Webber wanted her to be on trial desperately in hope to cure this disease. Unfortunately, Adele just made the borderline of the scoring so her condition was not deemed as severe. Dr. Grey has a close relationship with Dr. Grey and with a little convincing from Dr. Webber, she knew what she has to do. Dr. Grey trespasses into the medical pharmacy room to look at the medical agent that was going to be given to Adele and proceed to switch the given agents with another patient, who had an active one. Dr. Karev saw Dr. Grey holding the clinical trial files and assumed that she was tampering with the medical trial agents. Dr. Grey said in the show that if she had to do all over again, she wouldn’t have changed a thing because it was for Adele. Do you think what Dr. Grey did was ethical even if it was for someone who she held a very close relationship with? If you were in her position, would you have done the same thing as her?
At what point do you think informing your upper management or do you keep it to yourself because of your relationships with them? How do you weigh the pros and cons of this situation, do you think about the overall public and the clinical trial or just your friend? At this point I forgot to mention that the residents were in competition with each other for the Chief Resident position. As the date got closer for the position to be chosen, Dr. Karev decided to inform upper management about Dr. Grey’s actions with the intention of only disqualifying her for the position, but instead it backfired and got her kicked off the trial and fired as a surgeon. So is this what our society has taught us, to backstab each other to get ahead? This brings me back to think about consequentialism and showing off the flaws of it based on what Dr. Grey did because she was weighing the pros and cons for the public, but immediate friends, who she saw as family.
If you were Dr. Karev, how would you have handled the situation with the mind set that it is a few days away from choosing the next Chief Resident?
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