Alex: Morning, Dr. Model. Izzie: Dr. Evil Spawn. Alex: [he sees a tattoo on her lower stomach] Ooooh, nice tat. Do they airbrush that out for the catalogs? Izzie: I don't know. What do they do for the 666 on your skull?
Alex: For a kiss to be really good, you want it to mean something. You want it to be with someone you can't get out of your head, so that when your lips finally touch you feel it everywhere. A kiss so hot and so deep you never want to come up for air. You can't cheat your first kiss. Trust me, you don't want to. Cause when you find that right person for a first kiss, it's everything.
From the Daily Iowan, Student Newspaper of the University of Iowa
The Future is Plastics by Alex Karev; Third Year Medical Student, Guest Columnist, April 5, 2004
I've noticed that plastic surgeons tend to get grouped into two catagories. The so-called "good ones" who rebuild and reconstruct those who are disfigured, either by birth or by accident, and the others who are deemed "less good" simply because their vocation involves collagen, saline implants, and other forms of so-called "cosmetic" surgery. Such a distinction is not only unfair and unwarranted, but it's downright dangerous to the profession of medicine.
As an undergrad here at Iowa, I led our wrestling team to the Big 10 Conference championships two years in a row. The old sports cliche' is that to win the big match-ups, you have to give 110%. But what does it mean to give 110%? It means to take what you were born with - the gifts that God himself gave you, and you exceed them by 10%. And that's exactly what plastic surgery is - taking what someone was born with, and adding 10%.
"Cosmetic" surgery implies only superficial changes to the surface. But is it really just a "cosmetic" change when you've given an aging actress a second lease on her career? When you rejuvenate a tired marriage by literally injecting that marriage with youth? When you give a man or woman confidence to achieve more in life because they no longer have to feel inadequate about the size of their shortcomings? I don't call that cosmetic surgery at all. I call that life-changing surgery. It's not just changing the size of one's nose or breasts. It's changing the size of their soul.
So, in short, don't judge the practitioners of plastic surgery simply because their patients weren't born with a cleft palate or a third eye socket. Besides, sometime in the future, you might need to give it 110%, and when you do, I'll be your coach.
Physician's Name: Alex Karev Service: Surgery Evaluator's Name: Dr. Miranda Bailey
First Impression: Arrogant, too sure of himself, loves to take credit, confident, not hesitant, competitive, eager to be involved, smart ass.
Strengths: Confidence. Steady hand. Not afraid to look for and offer unusual solutions to difficult problems.
Areas Needing Improvement: Attitude. Punctuality. Dealing with patients. His mouth.
Memorable Moments: Dr. Burke keeps kicking him off cases. First when he insulted a patient when he thought she couldn't hear him. She could. The second time when he found a bovine valve to transplant into a paitent who refused to accept a porcine valve, saving her life. The problem? He didn't clear the newer and more complex procedure with Dr. Burke first.
Future Prospects: Plastics. That's where he wants to be, and I can see him getting there. He could be a great surgeon if he checks his attitude.
This journal is currently for use in thetenspot. I have no affliation with Shonda Rhimes, Grey's Anatomy, ABC or Justin Chambers. I so wish I did. Trust me.