MC@Work: Reality Check

From hard-hitting news producers to terrorist-hunting CIA agents, the range of careers held down by our favorite female characters on TV has never been wider. But just how realistic are these portrayals? Marie Claire asked real-life pros to weigh in.

By Karen Schwartz

May 9, 2013 1:20 PM
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The Job: OB/GYN

THE MINDY PROJECT: Dr. Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling)

WHAT THE SHOW NAILS: The frenetic pace. "Medicine is one of those careers where you blink and five years have passed," says Jhansi Reddy, an OB/GYN at the Downtown Women practice in New York City, who, like her fictional counterpart, is in her early 30s, single, and Indian. "Mindy is constantly comparing herself to her best friend, who is married with kids, and that's also realistic." The show is spot-on with smaller details, too. "One of her partners was on a bad date and made his pager go off to get out of it. I've done that."

WHAT'S PURE FICTION: Flex time. "Mindy seems to be able to drop things easily and head to lunch with her girlfriends," says Reddy. "Those things take me weeks to schedule. Also, for an obstetrician, she isn't in the hospital that much."

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