As a man, in some ways, I'm shocked that these doctors/interns are doing or saying anything close to this - especially with the uproar over sexual harrassment over the past few years, the muti-million dollar lawsuits, and the careers and marriages that have been ruined. I am hesitant to even so much as compliment the women I work with - and I'm talking a "You like nice today" compliment, not a "Hey baby, nice , whatchoo doin' after work?" comment in front of "the boys".
Sexual harrassment is SO dangerous, because it's all "in the eye of the beholder." All it takes is one bitter person with a big axe to grind or who's looking to file a lawsuit to take something well-intended and blow it out of proportion. Even if it's proven false, if it gets out, it can damage your reputation. So, it's safer to not even risk it.
I smile and say hello to people at work, and make small talk in the hallways and the breakroom, but that's about it. Even if a smile is misinterpreted and used as ammunition against me, everyone can attest that I smile and say hello to EVERYONE.
We had a "sexual harrassment avoidance training" class at work, and everyone made jokes about it afterward ("I like your sweater, and I mean that in the most sterile, non-harrassing way possible..."), but the tension is still there sometimes. Like I said, all it takes is one person who is having an emotional day.
If any ladies ever wonder why they never get complimented at work, this could be the reason. I'd like to compliment people, I know compliments are encouraging to hear...but there's not a woman out there who's worth risking MY career over.