Sarah Reese is a psychiatric resident who did her internship in the E.D. at Gaffney Chicago Med. She quit her Pathology Match the day she got the job and later returned to take the psychiatric residency that Dr. Charles offered her.
Reese starts Season 1 as a 4th Year Medical Student. Throughout the season she has to make her match decision, she struggles and ultimately makes the wrong decision. In the Season 1 finale she decides to quit her residency match, pathology, which means she doesn't have a job. When Season 2 begins, Sarah is working at a coffee shop as a barista until she is offered a residency in Psychiatry with Dr. Daniel Charles. Although initially hesitant, Sarah accepts after a trial period. She still struggles with her own perceived ineptitude throughout the season, but has made significant strides towards being a good psychiatrist in training.
In the first episode it's clear that Sarah has some difficulties dealing with "live" patients. She is forced to act quickly as the little girl, she and Dr. Manning were taking care of starts to code abruptly. Reese performs CPR inadequately until Dr. Choi corrects her form. She breaks the little girl's ribs, and although horrified, it saves her life. Later on, Dr. Rhodes finds Reese practicing central line on a doll and shares with her that he missed it many times before he finally got the hand of it. Reese is frustrated because she never misses on the doll but in live patients it's so different. She also shares with Rhodes that if the rotation weren't mandatory she would be in pathology. However, Rhodes tells her that that's what every student feels once they start working with live patients, even he did at some point.
She also struggles to talk to patients and their families about the procedures and diagnositics, as she tends to be very technical and not clear enough for someone who lacks medical knowledge.
On 1x03, Dr. Zanetti asks her to start a femoral line but she takes too long, so Samantha takes over. Realizing she isn't okay, Dr. Rhodes asks for her help to splint the piece of glass on the patient's shoulder. Later on, she asks [[Maggie Lockwood|Maggie for help with an IV as she already had three attempts and wasn't able to find the vein. At the end of the episode, Maggie calls Reese to one of the rooms, and tells Sarah she has a mental block with needles so she wants her to draw her some of her blood.
On 1x05, Reese meets Joey while they are both getting coffee and she snaps the last pack of splenda. Later on, she goes to the lab to ask for some tests and it's revealed that is Joey's workplace. He is a pathologist. Reese asks him to deliver the results of the tests as fast as he can. She thanks him and attempts to invite him for coffee, but he is long gone.
In the Season Finale, Reese finally decides to quit pathology and embrace the hectic life of the ED with live patients, even if it means having no job.
- (to Dr. Charles): "I just quit pathology."
- (to Dr. Charles): "I am not quitting. I am sticking with this all the way!"
|Season 1 Appearances|
|Season 2 Appearances|
|"Soul Care"||"Win Loss"||"Natural History"||"Brother's Keeper"||"Extreme Measures"|
|"Alternative Medicine"||"Inherent Bias"||"Free Will"||"Uncharted Territory"||"Heart Matters"|
|"Graveyard Shift"||"Mirror Mirror"||"Theseus' Ship"||"Cold Front"||"Lose Yourself"|
|"Prisoner's Dilemma"||"Monday Mourning"||"Lesson Learned"||"Ctrl Alt"||"Generation Gap"|
|"Deliver Us"||"White Butterflies"||"Love Hurts"|