With many talented surgeons coming out of Grey’s Anatomy, there’s bound to be some legendary tutors too. But which character is the best teacher?
However, if fans had to choose who was most deserving of this award, who would they choose? There have been many memorable tutors but some have certainly stood out a lot more than others.
Although Erica proved to be one of the best cardiothoracic surgeons on Grey’s Anatomy, she proved to be an awful teacher. While she was right that Cristina did have to spend time on other services if she was to improve her skills, the biggest problem fans had was that Erica was quite mean about it.
Not only would Erica refuse to teach her but she was also rude to the other interns and residents when they made simple mistakes. It got so bad that Richard even threatened to fire her if she didn’t improve her skills. In the end, Erica left, having had no impact on any of her pupils.
Although Catherine is one of the most prestigious surgeons in the world, she didn’t exactly have the best teaching skills. This is mainly due to the fact that every time Catherine arrived at the hospital, she seemed to be more concerned with her son’s love life rather than teaching the interns and residents.
Her invasive and intruding attitude also led to some of the residents, including April and Stephanie, to feel so uncomfortable around her that they couldn’t even focus on their patients or cases. Even Mark felt like he had to intervene when Catherine began to question whether Lexie should date Jackson while they were operating. She could never keep everyone’s personal and professional lives separate, which just made it an uncomfortable surrounding for her pupils.
Despite Alex having an amazing character arc on Grey’s Anatomy and becoming an exceptional surgeon, there was one skill that he couldn’t seem to hone: his teaching skills. It wasn’t from a lack of trying, it’s just that Alex didn’t exactly adopt the right approaches and attitude.
Many of the interns and residents didn’t appreciate that he would often affect their education by bringing his personal drama into work or focusing on his own career. There was also a time where Jo even put a complaint into Arizona because Alex pushed her to do a surgery she was unprepared for. Although he got better as time went on, fans will agree that the lack of encouragement and support he gave hindered some characters’ careers.
Mark may be the reason why Jackson ended up becoming a world-renown plastic surgeon, but that didn’t mean that he was the one everyone sought counsel from. While there were a few occasions where Mark did teach the interns and residents, most of the time, he got them to run personal errands for him or got them to get him coffee.
It was only until the eighth season that he accrued a passion for teaching and even then it was too late (since he died not long after). For some fans, this was a little disappointing since he had only just begun forming a strong friendship with Jackson. It would have been great to have seen this mentorship continue in season 9.
Although Izzie wasn’t a person the Grey’s Anatomy fans liked particularly, this doesn’t mean they cannot see that she didn’t have her talents (especially in teaching). Between season 4 and 5, fans saw Izzie genuinely care about the education of the interns and would spend a lot of time trying to improve their skills.
Not only did she teach them some valuable life lessons but Izzie was also the one to pick them back up when she noticed that their spirits were down. While it did certainly set her back a bit in terms of her career (since her other friends were beginning to get their solo surgeries), Izzie didn’t care as she recognized that helping others to succeed was just as important. If she stayed longer, it’s likely she would have ended up becoming the head of the residency program.