Hot young DOCTOR
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 Nine’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,” Gledhill says.
“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, the young Irishman doesn’t think he’s a natural on television.
“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 the week or night shifts when you certainly don’t feel glamorous, much less look glamorous.”
Glamorous or not, Gledhill and his Young Doctor cohorts were keen to join the series that chronicles their work in one of Australia’s busiest hospitals.
Long shifts meant he or one of the other seven interns would forget the microphones were still on when they were off-duty.
“I actually thought the cameras would be more intrusive than they were,” Gledhill says of being trailed day and night. Fellow intern Michael Burgess agrees.
“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.”
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 10 years ago.
Gledhill followed after completing two-thirds of his own medical degree in the UK.
With another internship at Tamworth Hosptial under his belt, Gledhill is now on the verge of choosing a specialty – either surgery or emergency department medicine and acute and intensive care.
“I’m a better fit for them than television,” he says.