Medical Series Review: 'New Amsterdam'

As a Medical Assistant, I LOVE medical dramas. Currently, I'm obsessed with a show called New Amsterdam.

With this post, I’ll give you a little review...

New Amsterdam is based on the book ‘Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital’ by Dr. Eric Manheimer.

Dr. Eric Manheimer is a former medical director at New York City’s Bellevue Hospital and New Amsterdam is based on his life there.

New Amsterdam stars Ryan Eggold (who I already knew from The Blacklist) as the brilliant, smart and charming Dr. Max Goodwin. He is the new medical director at America's oldest public hospital. He’ll be the fifth medical director in just five years, so there’s a lot of work to do for him because the previous medical directors didn’t last very long.

The show starts on his first day as the new medical director. Right from the beginning it’s clear which direction he wants to go in with him being the leader. It’s all about ending the bureaucracy and prioritising patient care over billing.

During his arrival, Max announces during a big meeting in the auditorium that he is instantly firing the entire cardiac department. Anybody who cares more about money than patients is welcome to join them as well.

He continues the sweeping measures across the hospital and is starting from the ground up (including, literally, meetings with the janitors).

But it's all done with the intention that they can be better. The hospital can be better. Everyone at New Amsterdam can do better.

The personal matters from Max is a big thread in the show. Max is diagnosed with cancer, on top of that he’s about to become a father which makes his marriage very complicated — he’s been an inattentive husband to Georgia because he cares so damn much about his work but sometimes he appears to be caring too much.

He is a genius man with a heart of gold who thinks he can solve the healthcare crisis. Especially with his catchphrase ‘how can I help?’, he’s showing what a great doctor he is.

There’s also supporting staff walking around in New Amsterdam, like Dr. Helen Sharpe who is Head of Oncology & Hematology. Helen is a celebrity TV doctor and Max convinces her to stop flying across the country to attend TV shows like Ellen and start caring & putting patients first and to practice medicine again.

This show does a great job of highlighting real world problems and that’s what I really like about it. The touching and relatable stories make New Amsterdam a tearjerker. Every. Single. Episode.

New Amsterdam is different from Grey’s, Code Black, The Good Doctor and I really think it stands out because every episode feels so real, all because of the great stories based on what happens in the world as we speak.

I won’t spoil it for you more than this, so I’ll leave you with a bit of a surprise if you decide to watch it ;)

Hopefully I convinced you all to give this show a watch. It’s definitely worth a chance if you ask me...

New Amsterdam airs every Tuesday on NBC in the USA. Available Worldwide on Amazon Prime Video and Videoland in The Netherlands.

Until next blog!


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