NOVA: Survivor MD (2001)

Genres - Culture & Society, Science & Technology  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Medicine  |   Run Time - 180 min.  |  
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Synopsis by Sarah Ing

Nova dispels the myth that a doctor's life is glamorous in its groundbreaking program Nova: Survivor MD. In 1987, the PBS producer picked seven Harvard medical students on which to focus its attention. The first program documented the freshman year of higher training. Each additional episode showed another year gone by and stepped up frustrations and achievements. Graduation, internships, and residency all followed with Nova in tow. The fourth installment takes a closer look at the beginning doctors' adjustment to a rigorous lifestyle. They have finally reached the culmination of ten years of education and the cameras are rolling. Viewers are taken into the homes of these doctors and given unprecedented emergency room access. There are surprise endings as well. While most of the candidates followed through on dreams to heal, while some did not. Nova shows the dramatic real-life wrap-up to an intensive documentary process.



doctor/nurse, reality-television, reflection [mirror], struggle, training