8 K-Dramas to Watch if You're an Aspiring Doctor

by Leika Golez   |  Feb 17, 2022
Image: (LEFT TO RIGHT) Good Doctor/Netflix, Hospital Playlist/Netflix
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It's no secret that becoming a doctor is tough. Training for the thankless job entails working under pressure, dealing with criticism, and monitoring patients for hours on end. If you're looking for something to keep you motivated, medical K-dramas might just give you lots of inspo. Although they're not always the most realistic, these shows are undeniably easy to enjoy—especially if you're powering through med school.

Below, check out eight medical K-dramas aspiring doctors should totally watch: 

1. Life 

THE CAST: Lee Dong Wook, Jo Seung Woo, Won Jin Ah

THE PLOT: Complex issues arise at one of South Korea's top medical centers when a warm-hearted emergency medicine specialist is at odds with the newly-appointed CEO.

WATCH ON: Netflix 

2. Doctors 

THE CAST: Park Shin Hye, Kim Rae Won, Lee Sung Kyung, Yoon Kyun Sang

THE PLOT: A compassionate doctor helps a headstrong woman pursue her dreams of becoming a neurosurgeon despite her childhood trauma. 

WATCH ON: Netflix, Viu

3. Hospital Playlist 

THE CAST: Jo Jung Suk, Yoo Yeon Seok,  Jung Kyung Ho, Kim Dae Myung, Jeon Mi Do

THE PLOT: This drama depicts the story of five forty-something doctors who have been friends with each other since they were medical students. 

WATCH ON: Netflix

4. Dr. Romantic 

THE CAST: Han Seok Kyu, Yoo Yeon Seok, Seo Hyun Jin

THE PLOT: A famous surgeon leaves Seoul to become a neighborhood doctor at a humble hospital. There, he works with an avaricious doctor and a troubled young surgeon who seem to resemble his former students. 


WATCH ON: Netflix, Viu

5. Hospital Ship

THE CAST: Ha Ji Won, Kang Min Hyuk, Lee Seo Won

THE PLOT: This show follows a group of young doctors who provide free medical treatments to rural residents via a traveling hospital ship. 

WATCH ON: Netflix, Viu

6. Doctor John 

THE CAST: Ji Sung, Lee Se-young, Lee Kyu-hyung, Hwang Hee

THE PLOT: An ex-convict anesthesiologist and a top medical student work together to diagnose and treat patients experiencing mysterious illnesses. 

WATCH ON: Netflix, Viu

7. A Poem a Day 

THE CAST: Lee Yoo Bi, Lee Joon Hyuk, Jang Dong Yoon

THE PLOT: An aspiring writer gives up on her dream career to become a physical therapist. Years later, her life changes when she encounters a team leader and a physical trainee at the same hospital. 


8. Good Doctor

Like the American adaptation of the same name, this drama tells the inspiring story of a young pediatrician struggling with savant syndrome and autism. 

WATCH ON: Netflix, Viu


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