A Trend Of Shock Value Added to TV Shows



Ever since Game of Thrones Season one shocker of the death of the main protagonist, I have noticed a trend among all showrunners in hollywood to add some shock treatment to their series but does this come at the cost of the integrity of the show. What I mean is, does the sudden nature of any event fit the world within the series or did the writers just include to get a bump in media and social media coverage?

Here is a list of the most recent examples (assembled by Sherif El Refai) and you can judge for yourself:

– Game of Thrones – Execution of Ned Stark

– House of Cards – Subway Train Jump of Zoe Barnes

– The Walking Dead – Death of Lizzie & Mika

– Family Guy – Brian’s car accident

– Downton Abbey – Lady Sybil

– Game of Thrones – “Red Wedding” & “Purple Wedding”



Center for Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy

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What to Do With Your MBA


Sherif El-Refai is currently working on a master’s of business administration degree at the University of Florida. His previous educational experience includes two years in an undergraduate pre-pharmacy program, followed by a bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ultimately, Sherif El-Refai received a doctorate in pharmacy from the Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Between 2008 and 2011, he completed 10 pharmaceutical clerkships.

A master’s degree in business administration is one of the most useful collegiate degrees a person can work toward. A recent study conducted by BusinessWeek revealed that Harvard Business School graduates had an average starting salary of $134,000 per year. While the average was lower at less prestigious business schools ($72,000 at Arizona State), the salaries are considerably higher than the national average (about $43,000) and they are only entry-level wages. Careers that can be pursued with a master of business administration include advertising executive, business manager, corporate recruiter, financial analyst, and much more.

WakeMed Cary – Providing Superior Health Care

WakeMed Hospital

University of Florida MBA student Sherif El-Refai possesses several years of pharmaceutical experience. In addition to his work as a pharmacist, Sherif El-Refai has served as a volunteer at the WakeMed Cary Hospital.

Since its establishment, Raleigh, North Carolina-based WakeMed Health and Hospitals has committed itself to providing high-quality care, regardless of patients’ ability to pay. Towards that end, it employs state-of-the-art technology to deliver effective preventive care. With various locations and centers, WakeMed’s health care system also offers trauma, rehabilitative, pharmaceutical, and other services. Moreover, the system is dedicated to researching new medical technologies and treatments.

Clinical trials are one way WakeMed endeavors to provide the best possible care. To ensure the maintenance of ethical standards during these studies, WakeMed’s Institutional Review Board carefully reviews all research that takes place within its purview. The system is also committed to providing continuing education opportunities to its health care professionals.

Due to the charity care that WakeMed provides to community members who live at poverty levels and lack third-party coverage, the hospital reaps a variety of community benefits; in both Raleigh and Cary, for example, volunteers fulfill critical staff functions. With the continued support and care of volunteers and physicians, Wake Med Hospital hopes to continue providing high quality health care to the community.