Is Dr. House really selfish

Television with practical relevance : "Amazingly good diagnoses"

Mr. Schäfer, are the students running away from you, or why are you showing the RTL series “Dr. House "?

On the contrary, in some cases we are bursting at the seams. But we have to hold our own against a multitude of modern teaching media with classical lectures. Our Marburg department strives intensively to further improve student education through innovative concepts. The “Dr. House ”seminar is intended to make a contribution to this and is an attractive addition to the regular curriculum. Because many of our students see themselves as “Dr. House ”.

For study reasons?

No, but because the show is entertaining, exciting and as realistic as hardly any other doctor series. On Wednesday at the latest, our students will discuss whether Dr. House were right.

How realistic is “Dr. House "?

Dr. House, of course, does not correspond to reality. Sometimes the series is very exaggerated and exaggerated, it must be that way for television. However, the symptoms of the disease and the patient's complaints are surprisingly well researched and often correspond to what we see in everyday clinical practice.

The series not only inspires medical professionals.

The fact that so many non-medical people listen to a variety of medical terms has been astonishing to me since the show began. But the mix of the series is probably interesting. Dr. On the one hand House is a completely crazy personality, on the other hand he is also a brilliant diagnostician. And the topic of medicine concerns everyone because everyone gets sick sooner or later. The series not only provides viewers with exciting entertainment, but also gives them an insight into the high-tech operation of a clinic, albeit in a highly distorted manner.

Are you watching a full episode in the lecture?

No, we only take out a few key scenes and then analyze the sequences step by step. For example, if the patient passes out or spits up blood, we stop the admission and the students and the lecturer think about what the patient might have. Then we look at the findings "colleague House" diagnosed.

Do you always come to the same conclusion as Dr. House?

Most of the time, at least as far as the final diagnosis is concerned. But our primary concern is not to see if Dr. House is right or not. We want to show the students how a complex diagnosis works and how important discussion and teamwork with colleagues is.

Why can't your students learn just as well from series such as “Black Forest Clinic” or “In all friendship”?

Professor Brinkmann can already see from the corridor that the patient is having a heart attack. There are also cases in everyday life where the diagnosis is relatively easy and completely clear. But especially in university medicine, patients come to us because they have complicated clinical pictures. And dr. House claims an interdisciplinary maximum diagnosis and therapy, which we basically also have - but with more humanity, empathy and a sense of proportion. Of all the patients Dr. House heals, most likely would have died in the Black Forest Clinic.

Professor Brinkmann just preferred to take care of Sister Gabi.

There are things like that at “Dr. House “unfortunately, too. The series is so popular precisely because Dr. House is such a polarizing character. But his continued drug use, his unusual interaction with other people would be completely unacceptable in everyday life, despite all the diagnostic brilliance. We keep addressing this in our seminars. No matter how good Dr. House may be technically, in real life he would probably have been fired without notice before the end of the first episode.

The interview was conducted by Sonja Pohlmann.

Jürgen Schäfer is an academic

Director of the Philipps University of Marburg, has an endowed professorship for “Preventive

Cardiology ”and leads the seminar with“ Dr. House ".

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