Winds of change are blowing towards Grey Sloan, pushing many of our favorite attendings and residents out of their comfort zones — especially with the new “educational consultant” hired by Bailey and Katherine, Eliza Minnick, on the scene.
Dr. Minnick’s arrival causes a bit of a stir at the hospital right away, as she gathers all the residents for a “no attendings allowed” meeting and asks them to tell her which of the senior doctors are good (and bad) teachers. Though the docs-in-training seem reluctant to snitch on the people they work with, Minnick overcomes any hesitance by promising they’ll be doing surgeries that very same day. (Minor side note, but there seemed to be way more surgical residents than I’d previously assumed. Like, I knew there were more, but not enough to fill a whole room.)
Minnick’s presence spooks almost all the doctors, except for Alex (who’s still on clinic duty), and Amelia and Owen, as the sort-of newlyweds are still experiencing some marital difficulties. Pierce is so nervous, she steals a notepad left behind containing a list of all the attendings’ names, minus Arizona. They also learn Minnick thinks Amelia’s name is Emilio Shepherd. Excuse me while I go laugh for a thousand years.
In any case, Minnick’s promise does come true for a few residents — namely Edwards, Murphy, and DeLuca, with the latter pair getting to scrub in on a bypass surgery with Maggie and Webber. However, Minnick insists on observing the procedure and having the doctors use her method, which sees residents serving as the attendings’ hands as they talk their students through the surgery — a far cry from the hospital’s current “see one, teach one, do one” approach. Webber has issues with this and feels this places the patient, a kindly older woman named Enid, in danger.
However, as Minnick’s procedure eventually proves, it does indeed work. Murphy is able to do most of what Pierce would have — up to a point. This, Minnick informs the room, is perfectly fine and actually optimal, as it demonstrates the residents’ limits to teachers and students alike. Unfortunately, Webber’s limit for Minnick’s suggestions is at his breaking point, and he refuses to let DeLuca do a procedure Minnick presses the first-year intern to perform. In the midst of all this, poor Enid’s artery is nicked and sprays DeLuca with blood; fortunately, though, he’s able to clip it and all is well.
After the surgery, Webber and Minnick continue their disagreement. Minnick insists Enid wasn’t truly in any danger, because there were four — no, five — surgeons in that room, thanks to DeLuca’s save. Later, when Webber checks on a resting Enid and her bowling-team buddy, Enid’s pal informs him that Enid needed the surgery for a while, but needed a push to actually get it — a push she decided to provide. This is backed up by Pierce, who acknowledges that while she’s an excellent student, she could stand to learn a thing or two about being a good teacher — so, maybe Minnick is right after all.
This inspires Webber to apologize to Bailey, but unbeknownst to him, his former protégé and Minnick just had a discussion — during which Minnick said that if she were to stay on at Grey Sloan, then she would need to “be the authority,” not Webber.
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