Thanks for joining me in this next installment of The Real Deal interview series. If you haven’t already, please check out the utterly awesome (and hilarious) interview I had with Stuart Land. Now, for our next guest, not only is Jill Blake a doctor (physician) from the beautiful state of California, but she’s a contemporary romance author as well! The links to Jill’s info and books will be below the interview.
So, let’s get to it!
The Real Deal: Jill Blake, Physician
Thanks so much for joining us today, Jill. I guess I should start off by asking if you are a general practitioner or specialist?
Neat! Although I’ll avoid asking about the assorted lumps and bumps, I am interested in when your day starts–and when does it end?
So the workload isn’t purely walking the halls of a hospital or taking care of patients in your office. When they do come to see you though, what would you say are the most common ailments they come to see you for?
What has been your most interesting, exciting, or nerve-wrecking day as a physician?
Ahhh…I think I’m getting fretful just reading about how hectic your day can be! My hat off to you and to all hard-working physicians. Now, you’ve got to tell me, are there any portrayals of doctors in books and movies (as far as character or mannerisms) that you think are exaggerated or inaccurate? Is there such a thing as a doctor stereotype?
I’m not going to complain about my measly loan now…
It’s interesting you say that, because I grew up with my family encouraging me to go that route, and there is definitely a lot of admiration and prestige attached to pursuing medicine. I know as writers we sometimes carry some of those ideals into our portrayals of doctors, but do you think there are procedures, protocols, or terms that have been butchered or misportrayed in books and film?
What? No way! No…”CLEAR!” and then the shock? Aww, man! All right, then tell us at least three things fiction writers actually get right about doctors 🙂
- Doctors and hospital administrators often do butt heads.
- Medicine has one of the highest rates of burnout, with all the attendant problems of divorce, alcohol and drug addiction, and suicide.
- Those doctor-nurse hookups? Yep, still happening.