REAL OR NOT — CHICAGO MED: “Clarity” (1X10)

REAL OR NOT — CHICAGO MED: “Clarity” (1X10)

If the last episode made you a bit worried about Dr. Will Halstead due to his careless actions, now on Chicago Med’s “Clarity”, you’ll be surprised and be amazed about the cases handled by doctors in this episode. It starts off again with Dr. Choi being bothered with something and it seems that it’s still about his post-traumatic stress disorder. A 17-year old hockey player named Brett Cooper is brought to emergency department due to disorientation and Mr.  Anderson who has diabetes and congestive heart failure arrives in the hospital because of difficulty of breathing. In this episode, you’ll also see how Dr. Downey and Dr. Connor do the surgery for a 9/11 survivor.


  • Sarah Reese, a medical student who is in the process of choosing the right residency program for her. You’ll see her improvements during her stay in emergency department.

REAL OR NOT RATING: ★★★★  (1 Being the Worst, 5 Being the Best.) 

REAL: How the real world works:

  1. Taking the lead. When Brett Cooper is rushed to the ED due to disorientation, Dr. Choi lets Sarah Reese to take the lead. Although, the latter is quite nervous, she still manages to diagnose and treat Brett. In this scenario, it shows that one way to become a good doctor is to trust yourself even when you’re under pressure. It will help you lead a team in order to treat your patients well.

  2. Lungs breathing outside the body. A breathing lung transplant machine is shown in this episode for a 9/11 hero. You’ll be amazed at how the lungs are breathing outside a human body. In reality, in order to have a successful lung transplant, instead of cold storage method to preserve a lung, a device is used to keep a donor lungs functioning and breathing outside the body.

  3. Dr. Connor Rhodes sleeping inside the patient’s room in ED.  When the “Gift of Hope” truck comes with the set of donor lungs, Dr. Connor Rhodes is taking a nap before assisting Dr. Downey with the transplant. In real life, doctorsare allowed sometimes to rest or to take a nap before doing a major surgery like transplant in order to avoid errors during the operation. Complicated cases like this should be handled carefully.

  4. Choosing the right residency. Sarah Reese is still thinking about what residency program suits her. At first, she wanted to stay at Chicago Med in emergency department but she decides to go back to pathology. You’ll see in this episode why Sarah Reese changes her mind. In real life, there are factors that affect one’s decision. Sometimes, even though you thought it’s the right thing to do but you’ll realize that it won’t make you happy in the end.

FAKE: Cringe worthy scenes that would never happen:

  1. Dr. Connor Rhodes and Dr. Downey talking inside the operating room without their surgical masks on. In this scene, the doctors are about to do the lung transplant for a patient. Their personal protective equipment (PPE) is already complete but the only problem is they are talking with their mouths uncovered. The operating room is considered sterile therefore anyone entering it should observe proper PPE.

I'm Heziel, blogging from Manila, Philippines. I've been working as a registered nurse since 2011.