Two Auburn physicians take doctoring online with medical videosBy: Tricia Caspers / For the Auburn Journal
Three ways to view Dr. Mark Vaughan’s videos:
Visit Vaughanmd.com or Drterrybuhl.com
Or visit YouTube.com and type Doctorvaughan into the search bar.
A lot of people are fascinated by the popping of a pimple or the removal of ear wax, but Dr. Mark Vaughan is one of the few people who will actually admit it.
“It borders on weird,” Vaughan said, laughing.
It may be weird, but it’s also wildly popular if Vaughan’s YouTube videos are any indication. His channel was on track to hit 50,000 subscribers and 20 million views in October.
The Placer High graduate has always been a bit of a thespian, and now he’s enlisted the assistance of his nephew and partner in practice, Dr. Gawayne Vaughan, to bring the world of medical procedures to the public on a semi-weekly basis.
In addition to ear wax and blackheads, some of the dynamic doctor duo’s YouTube videos include removing a dental abscess as well as giving knee injections and treating a toe laceration.
Viewers are fascinated by the human body, Mark Vaughan said, and there’s just something about watching someone else endure a medical procedure. They feel the relief when it’s over.
“Viewers vicariously experience that satisfaction,” he said. “I won’t say it’s enjoyable … but they can sigh at the end.”
Other viewers may watch because they need to have the procedure done, and they want to alleviate fears.
While there’s more than one place to view a medical procedure, Mark Vaughan believes that viewers tune in to his videos partly because he and his team are funny and friendly. They joke around with the patients, and the patients joke back.
“We bring a lot of humor to the doctoring experience,” Mark Vaughan said. “They say laughter is the best medicine, and there’s some truth to that.”
The Vaughan doctors try to ask the patients who are good sports with a hearty sense of humor if they’d like to be on camera.
“Many more agree to it than don’t,” Mark Vaughan said.
In response to some of the internet trolls who leave rude comments on the procedure videos, the team created a second series of videos featuring Dr. Terry Buhl.
Buhl is a fictional character in a bad toupee who responds to “haters” by upping the snark factor. For example, Buhl responds to one viewer who commented that she was blocking the Vaughan YouTube channel:
“Dr. Vaughan, he deals with all kinds of blocked channels,” Buhl said. “This is the place to get it fixed.”
The Terry Buhl series is a way to respond to trolls without involving the patients, Mark Vaughan said.
Most online comments are supportive, though.
“Many viewers just want to know if Dr. Gawayne is married,” he joked.
And as if two sets of videos weren’t enough, Dr. Mark Vaughan is participating in Vlogtober – a video challenge to film a video blog every day for the month of October.
In these videos viewers might glimpse Dr. Mark Vaughan becoming teary over his children who are growing up so quickly or watch his son perform some impressive stunts on a slack line.
While the medical procedure videos may take up to four hours to edit – with the help of medical assistants who also have filming and editing skills – the vlogs are recorded on Vaughan’s iPhone and are a quick edit, he said.
For those squeamish types, the personal vlogs or the responses from Dr. Terry Buhl might be more enjoyable.
Soon, Buhl will be performing a parody of Dr. Sandra Lee, also known as Dr. Pimple Popper, the famous dermatologist YouTuber.
Instead of an extractor tool, Buhl will be using a box wrench.
“He’s a really bad doctor,” Vaughan said.