Grey’s Anatomy: Whenever a Doctor Has Been Fired
Most often, the ax tends to fall on a doctor while Grey’s Anatomy. Whether it’s neglect, incompetence, or cuts, a major character loses their job about once every two seasons. The rate at which doctors lose their jobs is almost similar to the rate at which they quit. A number of doctors have also decided to opt out at their leisure.
Fortunately, in the long-running medical drama, unemployment does not last forever. Most of the laid-off doctors either get hired fairly quickly or get jobs elsewhere. They are the best doctors in the world after all, and staying out of work too long wouldn’t make sense. While some incidents of job loss were painful, others were understandable given the circumstances.
Meredith has been fired twice, first for tampering with Derek’s Alzheimer’s case, then for insurance fraud. The first time she got fired, she and Derek were trying to adopt Zola. His dismissal nearly cost them adoption as the police investigating their suitability as parents learned of what had happened.
During the insurance fraud case, Alex, Richard and Andrew all tried to help her, but they also got into trouble. While there was a real threat that Meredith would lose her license and go to jail, she survived it all and managed to get back to work.
9 Dahlia Qadri
Dahlia became unhappy after Meredith was fired. She and Jo found themselves in a dilemma after Shirley Gregory, the patient they were working on, insisted on being operated on by Meredith. So Jo had the idea to call Meredith during the operation so that she could help him.
After the operation, Bailey found Dahlia crying and asking her what the problem was, she expressed her frustrations over Meredith’s dismissal. She explained that Meredith was the reason she came to Gray Sloan and wanted to learn from her, not just watch her from a TV screen. Instead of sympathizing with her, Bailey fired her, telling her that she and Meredith had something in common now.
8 Eliza minnick
Eliza had to revamp the surgical residency program, but ended up being fired for an error unrelated to her job description. After an oxygen tank explosion caused a fire in the hospital, Jackson ordered Eliza to tell the police that Stephanie was missing. However, Eliza forgot to do this because she was concerned about getting the patients out of the building.
Although she did her best to defend herself, Bailey fired her, saying the hospital didn’t need robots that only followed protocols and couldn’t make alternate decisions. After being fired, she left her apartment with Arizona and refused to speak to him.
7 Leah Murphy
Leah openly admitted that she entered the surgical program easily because of Mark Sloan, who had a romantic relationship with her mother. However, she struggled in the operating room and was eventually fired by Richard. The worst part about Leah’s dismissal was that she had already heard rumors that someone was going to get fired.
Worried that it was her, she began to eat from stress. Her fears were confirmed when Richard called her aside and told her that she was a good doctor but not a good surgeon. Fortunately, she managed to redeem herself. Leah continued to work at Forster Hospital where she significantly improved her skills. She was then rehired at Gray Sloan.
6 Vikram “Vik” Roy
Vik’s dismissal was perhaps the most justified. When a patient named Tad arrived at the hospital with a nosebleed, Vik assumed it was nothing serious. He parked it in a bed and promised to come see it later. Vik did not check it until 5 a.m. and when he returned the patient was coughing up blood.
Koracick stepped in to help and was shocked to find Vik had not ordered any tests. Despite their best efforts, the patient died. And when Koracick asked Vik to call the hour of death, he refused, saying the responsibility was not his. Funny thing is Vik thought Alex was giving him a day off when he told him not to come the next day. In fact, he was getting fired.
5 Teddy altman
Unlike other shots, this one was tied to the bigger picture. As Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Seattle Grace Mercy West, Teddy did a good job of mentoring Cristina during the final years of her residency. She also worked on a research project on regenerative cardiac stem cell medicine. This research caught the attention of the US Army Medical Command (MEDCOM).
MEDCOM approached her and offered her a post of chief of staff. However, she was reluctant to go. Knowing that this was too good an opportunity to refuse, Owen decided to fire her so that she had no choice but to take the job. Cristina realized what Owen had just done and thanked him.
Dr. Isobel “Izzie” Stevens went through the worst stages of her cancer, but while she looked forward to a better future, she was fired during Seattle Grace’s merger with Mercy West. Other doctors believed that she still needed to stay home because the work would stress her unnecessarily. Izzie took this personally, believing it was Alex’s downfall.
She later returned to Seattle, and Derek promised to rehire her if he was made chief. Unfortunately, she couldn’t stand it when Alex told her he wanted something new. Izzie could also have been fired earlier in the series when she cut the LVAD thread. Fortunately, she was only put on probation for that.
3 Megan Nowland
Megan started out as one of Meredith’s interns before becoming a resident of Seattle Grace. She was keen to be a pediatric surgeon but quickly found herself among the doctors laid off when the Mercy West merger. Worse yet, she was not informed face to face. She knew it from an email notification.
Angry, she chose to sue for wrongful dismissal. Megan believed her pregnancy was a factor in her dismissal, as opposed to cutting costs. Fighting for what you believe is right sometimes helps, and Megan finally got her job back after Derek Shepherd was promoted to Chief of Surgery. Better yet, he promised her that she would not be fired even if there were other cuts.
2 Alex karev
Alex recently nearly lost his job at Gray Sloan when he assaulted Andrew. Although his job at the People’s Hospital was largely secured, he had to endure being discharged from another medical center. At one point, he temporarily quit his job at Gray Sloan and joined Lebackes Pediatric Surgery Clinic in order to earn more money so he could pay off his college debts.
Sadly, Maggie Pierce accidentally messed this up when she walked into an operating room and mentioned that there were plans to make Alex a board member. On hearing this, Oliver Lebackes fired him with immediate effect. Fortunately, the doors were still open for Gray Sloan and he was brought back as an attending pediatric surgeon.
1 April kepner
April was fired for the first time in the incident in which a hotel fire took hundreds of people to the emergency room. April forgot to check for soot in a patient’s airways, and the situation ultimately turned tragic. After all of the doctors were questioned, April was found guilty of negligence and fired.
While not technically a layoff, Seattle Grace refused to give him a permanent job after failing his board exams in another incident. No other hospital was ready to welcome her either, so she returned to her parents’ farm. Owen would later pick her up and take her back to the hospital.
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