CALL him the reluctant Mcsteamy.
Rory Gledhill thought he was signing up for a documentarystyle program about life as a young intern at Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital.
Then he saw the Grey’s Anatomy- style promos for WIN’S Young Doctors reality show – complete with him cast as ‘‘ the hot doctor’’ – and started copping a ribbing from his girlfriend and his mates.
‘‘ I said yes [ to the show] because it sounded useful in terms of a documentary- style presentation,’’ says the young Irishman.
‘‘ I think subsequently it didn’t materialise quite as that, but the fallout and subsequent flak has been funny most of the time.
‘‘ There has been the odd thing where I think ‘ I really regret that’.’’
Despite the promos, Gledhill doesn’t think he’s a natural on television – and certainly says his profession is far from glamorous.
‘‘ Some of the nicknames that have been bandied around ... the Mcsteamy rubbish . . . I can’t think of any job which is less glamorous,’’ he says.
‘‘ Half the time you are dealing with people who are really crook, and either have vomit or crap or something else coming out.
‘‘ My girlfriend thinks it’s hilarious – she sees me at the end of a week of nightshifts when you certainly don’t feel glamorous, much less look glamorous.’’
Glamorous or not, Gledhill and his cohorts were keen to join the series that chronicles their work in one of Australia’s busiest hospitals.
He admits long shifts meant occasionally he or one of the other seven interns would ‘‘ forget themselves’’, with the risk rising when they were off- duty, and speak without realising the microphones were still on them.
‘‘ I actually thought the cameras would be more intrusive than they were,’’ says Gledhill of being trailed day and night during shooting.
Housemate and fellow intern Michael Burgess agrees it was easy to ignore the distractions and get on with the job.
‘‘ The first week or so was a bit of a novelty and it was difficult getting used to having the camera there, and knowing what they expected of you, but the job was always the priority,’’ he says.
‘‘ The crews understood that and when it got busy I’d just head off and get the job done. So it didn’t interfere at all, really.’’
Gledhill may be a stranger to reality television but not to the medical profession. His father is also a doctor and migrated with Gledhill’s mother and siblings from Belfast to Newcastle about 10 years ago to take up a post as an emergency surgeon at Maitland Hospital. Gledhill followed about five years ago after completing two- thirds of his own medical degree in the UK.
With the cameras now gone, and another internship at Tamworth hospital under his belt, Gledhill is on the verge of choosing a specialty. He’s considering surgery but is leaning towards emergency department medicine and acute and intensive care.
‘‘ I’m a better fit for them than television,’’ he says.