New residents are highlighting the realities of a post-COVID Chicago Med

Chicago Med deals with a variety of medical emergencies in each episode, often incorporating real-life health situations into storylines. NBC Insider chatted with Chicago Med Showrunners Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider on what realities will make their way through the doors of Chicago Medical Center in Season 8 of hospitals across the country. Shortages in medical supplies, understaffed hospitals, and inexperienced new residents pave the way for a tense season 8 of Chicago Med.

How has COVID-19 affected Season 8 of Chicago Med?

Frolov tells NBC Insider that Season 8 will continue to explore how the pandemic has impacted access to medical care. “In hospitals, it’s amazing what bottlenecks they experience every day,” explains Frolov. “You come in with a stroke… You may not be treated for your stroke. Our characters will deal with it. Sometimes that gets them conflicted, and sometimes it brings them together to find a solution.”

Season 8, Episode 2 – titled “(Caught Between) the Wrecking Ball and the Butterfly” – addressed this issue, beginning with Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) addressing the Chicago Medical Center’s supply shortage. dr Marcel (Dominic Rains) and Dr. Asher (Jessy Schram) argue over which of their patients would receive the final contrast agent to aid in the surgical process. The medical teams sat down to discuss which patient needed the dye more, a less than ideal situation for both patients involved. dr Marcel has to improvise to move the operation forward. He pulls it off, but not without a few terse calls.

Another dark aspect of a pandemic influences Chicago Med are the new residents: medical students who received their education virtually during the pandemic. “For security reasons, they did their training at Zoom. They haven’t had any real clinical hands-on experience,” explains Schneider.

dr Archer (Steven Weber) and Dr. Choi (Brian Tee) face this problem head-on when one of the new interns struggles to confidently treat emergency patients, fearing he might injure them while treating them. After struggling to locate a patient’s trachea, the resident tells Dr. Archer and Dr. Choi that he felt like “auditing” since he’d only ever completed the procedure virtually.

“So new residents come to the hospital who have never touched a patient,” explains Scheider. “And that’s going to be a big problem. For these young doctors and for our older doctors who are trying to train them.”

Schneider concludes that when push comes to shove, the Chicago Med Doctors still need to get started. “They also have to rely on old techniques that haven’t been practiced for years. However, since the new technology is not available, they are going back to what was done 20 years ago at this event,” reveals Schneider. “And we also see characters like Ethan and Archer who were doctors on the battlefield showing how they can improvise. They make do with very little and teach the younger doctors how to do things.”

It’s never easy for Chicago Med‘s doctors and nurses and with a new wave of residents arriving with a distinct lack of experience and supply shortages, the stakes have never been higher. Season 8 is developing into a complex season with new obstacles and the Chicago Med Physicians must rise to the challenge, no matter what COVID-related chaos comes through their doors.

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