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Kellie Martin's Yale dean was a little baffled when Martin informed him she had to withdraw from the university because of ER. " 'You're working in the E.R.?' " Martin, 23, recalls him asking. "I said, 'No, I'm doing the TV show ER.' And he gave me a blank stare."
Martin has been perfecting some vacant looks of her own this season as Lucy, the hapless medical student under Dr. Carter's (Noah Wyle) tutelage. Martin quickly realized that her past roles as Becca on Life Goes On and even 1997's short-lived ER clone, Crisis Center, had not prepared her for the series' signature rapid-fire medical jargon. "I'm One-Take Kellie," says Martin, recalling one recent episode. "And it took One-Take Kellie 12 takes to say 'renal vein thrombosis!' "
Martin lives in L.A. and travels to New York City to visit boyfriend Keith Christian, 24, a law student. After ER she plans to complete her art history major at Yale; for now, she's content to study the art of administering an intravenous drip on the ER set. "I've never done one on a real person," she admits. "But if I was on a deserted island, had a medical kit, and someone needed an IV, well...."