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Living in Emergency

Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders. Live on December 14

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. Today, MSF provides aid in more than 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters.

Thanks to Mark Hopkins, the director of Living in Emergency documentary, and his crew you have a chance to see what work for Doctors Without Borders really looks like in the field. Living in Emergency was filmed in war zones of Libera and Congo with unprecedented access to field operations. The story follows four volunteer doctors as they struggle to provide emergency medical care under extreme conditions.

Here is the trailer:

If you live in the US, you have a chance to participate in the unique one night event. Elizabeth Vargas, Anchor of ABC News 20/20, will host this event featuring the critically acclaimed documentary “Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders” and will moderate a LIVE panel discussion with MSF frontline aid workers and award-winning journalists. The event will be broadcast via satellite on December 14, from the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NYU in New York City to over 440 select movie theaters nationwide.

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Medical Reality

There are a few good medical television reality shows with health care workers playing the main roles. I think these shows are excellent and not just because of their great production or because they are fun to watch, but because I believe there is a lot one can learn from them. This is true for both patients and medical stuff. By watching these shows patients can better understand how the hospitals work, their doctor’s position, better prepare for their stay in the hospital or doctor’s visit, know what to expect and so on. On the other hand, people who chose to devote their lives to medicine, especially students and young health care workers can get a better taste of what is waiting for them if they chose a certain direction in their career, and most importantly they can learn a lot about medicine.

These are my current top 3 shows, so if you gotta watch TV, watch this.

1. Hopkins

I already wrote about this excellent ABC show. Until now seven episodes have been shot and each follows a few characters, both health care workers and patients, and their stories. You can watch the show at the ABC or buy and download better quality video from the iTunes store.

2. Real ER: The Bronx

This is a Discovery Home & Health show shot in the ER at one of New York’s busiest hospitals – St Barnabas in the city’s south Bronx. It is action packed and some times almost too real. You can watch in on Discovery Channel, but for now I haven’t found any way to download it or buy it.

3. Trauma: Life in the E.R.

This medical-based television reality show has first appeared in 1997 and now runs frequently on Discovery Health Channel. Trauma: Life in the E.R. has almost a cult status since it was one of the first such programs to be shot almost entirely on hand-held MiniDV camcorders. Many shows which came later borrowed a lot from it. You can buy and download 5 complete seasons from the iTunes store.

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