Those First Days
New York times TV Comes to University Hospital
The University of Michigan Health System and New York Times Television are
cooperating on a 10-part documentary about medical professionals experiencing
their first days in a new role. The group includes interns, residents, fellows,
attending physicians and student nurses.
Field producer Matthew Testa (with camera) of the Discovery Health channel, films staff in the Pediatric Neurology unit. From left are Sucheta Joshi, M.D., clinical associate professor; Rocio Lopez-Diego, M.D., resident physician, and Dean Moore II, third-year medical student.
(August 11, 2004, The Ann Arbor News. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.)
Last summer, as many as eight videojournalists were filming at University Hospital
to capture a day in the life of medical professionals, including moments of
learning, teaching, and caring for patients and their families.
The series is tentatively titled 1st Days and will air in January 2005 on the
Discovery Health channel. NYT-TV produced Resident Life at Vanderbilt University
Medical Center, which aired on TLC in 2003 and can still be seen in reruns.
1st Days will have some similarities to Resident Life but with an increased
emphasis on the learning/teaching process.
U-M is the only location where the first season of 1st Days was filmed. A variety
of professional staff were identified and shadowed; all volunteered to participate
in the project. About 100 hours of filming are required to produce a one-hour