Dr. Grey explains her negative feelings towards a patient and brings up the Hippocratic oath, which she uses as an excuse not to physically harm her patient.  The Hippocratic oath commits medical physicians to act in certain ways, mainly ‘do no harm.’

Season 1 Episode 1

1. Is it ethically appropriate for a doctor to speak about her patient in such a manner, either in front of the patient or in front of other doctors?

2. How might such language harm the relationship between the doctor and patient, or negatively influence other doctors or medical students?

3. What does the doctor’s use of such language reflect about her character? What character taits traits would an excellent doctor embody?