Some TV shows simply entertain people. Some are meant to inform people. And then, there are some that find a way to change people’s lives.
According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the number of women newly enrolled in medical schools last year reached a record high last year. And, for the first time ever, the number of women starting their medical studies was surpassed their male counterparts.
Interestingly enough, the number of female applicants experienced its greatest jump in 2006 — the year after Grey’s Anatomy premiered. At the time, a female-fronted medical drama on TV was groundbreaking; apparently, a lot of young women also found it inspiring.
All of this came as somewhat of a surprise to the show’s creator, Shonda Rhimes. Her goal for Grey’s was to do something different and show characters she hadn’t seen on television before, and she’s amazed — not to mention extremely proud — to see how big of a difference it’s made in the real world. (Click on the media bar below to hear Shonda Rhimes)
Grey’s Anatomy, now in its 14th season, airs Thursday night at 8/7c on ABC.