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Medical Drama `The Resident’ Premieres Sunday Evening On Fox
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“The Resident,” a medical drama co-creator Amy Holden Jones said was inspired by both her father, a doctor and cancer researcher, and the film “Training Day,” premieres on Fox Sunday evening following the NFC championship game.

Doctor-Induced Diseases

Holden Jones said her father taught her “at a young age, the meaning of the word iatrogenics,” the branch of medicine dealing with doctor-induced diseases.

“Medical error is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., behind heart disease and cancer,” Holden Jones said. “There are dual problems of over-treatment of those who are insured, and under treatment of those who aren’t, misdiagnosis, medication errors, surgical errors, and so many more.

“The Good Ones Will Save You. The Bad Ones Could Harm You.”

“Most physicians tell their kids to avoid any procedure or test that isn’t absolutely necessary. My father, like most doctors, loved his work and was incredibly proud of his profession. But he knew well that there are always risks for the patient, along with benefits. Doctors are human, and like cops, there are good and bad ones.

“These are the heroes you call when your life is on the line. The good ones will save you. The bad ones could harm you.”

“The Resident” Deals With Iatrogenics

Holden Jones incorporated iatrogenics into “The Resident” through the character of the distinguished chief of staff Chastain Park Memorial Hospital, Randolph Bell (Bruce Greenwood), whose diminishing skills, and the errors they cause, are covered with the help of allies under his command.

“Training Day” Connection

The “Training Day” connection to “The Resident” comes from Antoine Fuqua, the director of the 2001 film about the first day a rookie narcotics officer (Ethan Hawke) is trained by an experience detective (Denzel Washington).

Frustrations About The Health Care System

Holden Jones, who describes herself as “an obsessive consumer of medical non-fiction,” said she had sought to include the frustrations about the health care system many doctors had expressed in those books.

She said she received a call from a representative of Fuqua’s production company, Fuqua Films, expressing interest in doing a medical series. The call inspired premise of “The Resident.”

“First-Year Residents Are Trained By Second- Or Third- Year Residents”

“I thought right away about how first-year residents are trained by second- or third-year residents,” and the similarity to “Training Day.”

“The idea of putting a pairing like this at the center of a group of young residents, all fighting the good fight, was the beginning,” Holden Jones told City News Service.

Fuqua is among the executive producers of “The Resident,” along with Holden Jones.

The Fight “Against A Broken System”

“The Resident” stars Matt Czuchry as Dr. Conrad Hawkins, a charming, arrogant third-year resident who does everything in the most unconventional way possible and believes it is his job to burst the illusions of first-year residents, like Dr. Devon Pravesh (Manish Dayal), and turn them into real-life doctors.

Holden Jones describes “The Resident” as being about the fight Hawkins and Pravesh lead “against a broken system.”

“Their Quest Is Something We Can All Root For”

“Their quest is something we can all root for, and it puts them up against a compelling range of new problems and villains,” said Holden Jones, who wrote the screenplays for the films “Indecent Proposal,” “Beethoven” and “Mystic Pizza.”

“The Resident,” also includes “a universal theme which transcends the medical genre” — “how do you hold onto your idealism in the real world,” Holden Jones said.

The Cast

“Most of us enter our chosen professions with optimism and certainty that we can do great things, and the overwhelming majority of us quickly run up against a wall of indifference, cynicism or corruption,” Holden Jones said.

The cast of “The Resident” also includes Shaunette Renee Wilson a rising star surgeon from Nigeria who is threatening Bell’s dominance, but who also is in the U.S. on a visa, and Emily VanCamp as a nurse and Hawkins’ on-and- off romantic partner.

“Break The Mold” Of Current Medical Shows

Holden said “The Resident” “was designed to break the mold” of most current medical shows, which she called “knockoffs of `ER,’ `House,’ or `Grey’s Anatomy.”

“To do that we turned to the well of truth for stories,” Holden Jones said. “The truth is that money has become a huge corrupting factor. Our show features compelling human stories that affect our leads in personal ways, but many of those stories touch on, or are driven by, this systemic problem.”

Medical Drama `The Resident' Premieres Sunday Evening On Fox
"The Resident," a medical drama co-creator Amy Holden Jones said was inspired by both her father, a doctor and cancer researcher, and the film "Training Day," premieres on Fox Sunday evening following the NFC championship game.








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