Andy has always had an affinity for John Carter, as played by Noah Wyle, from the TV series ER. The night ER premiered on UK television happened to be his very first ED shift as a medical student at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. He remembers sneaking away to the lounge to watch it. His first ED experience was nothing like Carters but he was hooked.
He went to Chicago to do his elective and saw them filming in the snow in between shifts at Northwestern and when he returned to England to prepare for finals they would gather around the TV trying to make the diagnosis before the medicos on the television. They called it revising, but really it was escaping from the textbooks for a short time.
His interest wained nearer the end of the run. Carter had been through many trials, as had he, but one thing has stuck with him more than anything else. It was something passed down from David Morgenstern (William H. Macy) to Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards), and then more importantly from Greene to Carter. That is the basis for this talk.