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Basic Trope: Doctors don't have specialties, even when they should.

  • Straight: Alice is a gynecologist, but is seen running an EKG on Bob.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice is a psychiatrist who actually performs heart surgery on Bob.
    • Alice is a Super Doc, bordering on Mary Sue.
    • Alice switches places with Carol the Cardiologist for the day.
    • Alice is a veterinarian, and has not had a human patient before.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice runs a standard physical exam and medical history on each of her patients, in addition to the standard breast and pelvic exams she's expected to perform.
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    • Alice's specialty within gynecology is obstetrics, but she is more than happy to help patients who are not pregnant or trying to conceive.
  • Justified:
    • It's After the End, and Alice is the only one in a small group of survivors with any medical knowledge or training.
    • Many women see only their OB/GYN for well-visits, even when they really should be seeing a primary-care doctor as well. So in the interest of looking out for her patients, Alice needs to cover all her bases, not just the ones covered by a bikini.
    • Carol called in sick that day, and somehow, no one else is able to do this.
    • Alice has a specialty, but she also has generalized knowledge and training from med school.
    • It's part of a very elaborate Twin Switch prank.
    • Alice keeps changing specialties.
    • Alice is a general practitioner (GP) or primary care physician.
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    • Alice is a certified genius, and is therefore capable of being well-versed on several medical specialties.
  • Inverted:
    • The cardiologist performs the EKG on Bob, and Alice concentrates on her OB/GYN work.
    • Doctors are portrayed as even more specialized than they are in real life.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice admits that cardiology is not her specialty
    • Alice is treating a condition that affects the female reproductive organs.
    • Alice is a general practitioner.
    • Alice is a nurse, not a doctor.
    • Alice is seen counseling a man about the treatment she's giving his wife.
  • Double Subverted:
    • But she agrees to examine Bob's heart all the same.
    • It's more of a general hormone imbalance or metabolic disorder than something endemic to the female reproductive tract. Something that perhaps an endocrinologist would be better qualified than an OB/GYN to treat.
    • A patient comes to Alice complaining about a yeast infection, or pelvic pain, or seeking information on the Pill.
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    • She still does things a nurse normally wouldn't do, such as making diagnoses, writing prescriptions, and even surgery. She may even be better at some or all of that stuff than any actual doctor!
    • It's not explained why she's talking to him instead of to her patient directly.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Alice's specialty or lack thereof changes all the time, Depending on the Writer.
  • Averted:
    • Alice is not a doctor or a nurse.
    • Alice sticks to her specialty.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "I'm not a cardiologist, but I'll definitely do an EKG for you."
  • Invoked: Bob has a heart attack on the subway, and Alice is a licensed doctor.
  • Exploited: Someone pressures Alice to do something that would cause her to lose her license, and to face a malpractice suit, in order to ruin her career.
  • Defied: Alice does nothing, because she's afraid she'll screw it up. After all, it's been years since she's done anything heart-related, or had a male patient.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Because she is a gynecologist and isn't trained in cardiology, Alice botches an EKG thus dooming her patient.

I'm not a gynecologist, but I'll take a look.

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