1. Are those "Hot Doctor" TV shows based on UCLA?
You know the ones I'm talking about... Grays Anatomy, Private Practice, The Resident... they all have MDs that look like they're straight off the runway. Turns out these shows could be based on the staff at UCLA Ronald Regan Hospital. And I'm not sucking up in the hopes of better care for my wife or some discreetly slipped Oxy. I'm used to my doctors being on the crusty, indifferent side. (Being from Canada, anything that brought you to your physicians office had better involve a missing appendage lest you be sent to the back of the line with the other sissies and non-hockey players.)
Sitting in the waiting room, I was stunned by the model quality of the "stethoscope squad" as they came in to deliver good news to friends and family. (Bad news requires them to take the waiting friends and family to another room, so as not to upset the rest of us. And yes, I wondered, so I asked. If the doctor ever tries to take you to a second location, pretend you are dealing with a kidnapper and assume the worst is coming.) For a moment, you can almost convince yourself you're some day-player on one of those network shows, as the hero doctors keep walking in receive teary hugs and handshakes. It did give me an idea for a series of my own... Model Hospital, where model-type doctors treat professional models in a very good hospital, that you might say is a "template" for all other institutions. Huh? Shonda? You reading this?