Applying to Medical School · April 08, 2019
5 Medical TV Dramas to Watch
Love them or hate them, medical dramas are and have been for a while now taking over TV prime time. I have to admit, while I have always been a fan of them, what with having wanted to do medicine since my early teenage years and finding comfort in a world so “familiar” and desired by sitting in front of the TV and binging on medical shows for days, watching them now while in med school, has only gotten better. Suddenly, I understand some fraction of the terminology they use, and, on a particularly good day, even manage to catch a mistake in the plot. If nothing else, that surely is one way to boost your self-esteem for upcoming exams! Here we have compiled a list of current medical TV shows about doctors for you to give a go and channel your inner Ellen Pompeo.
1. The Good Doctor
If a brilliant but misunderstood by his peers doctor is not the epitome of what makes a successful medical TV drama (remember House?), I don’t know what is. Currently on its second season, the series is based on a South Korean original of the same name.
The show focuses on young Dr Shaun Murphy, an autistic surgeon with a savant syndrome, able to recall huge amounts of information and note down the minutest of details. And if that doesn’t sound intriguing enough to give it a go, within 10 minutes of its pilot, he already saves a kid at an airport by inserting a self-made chest tube consisting of a whiskey bottle and a tube from the back of a soda machine. What?!
2. The Resident
A brand new medical show that only premiered about a year ago, The Resident got widely known for starring none other than Logan Huntzberger (and if that reference escaped you, I just might have another TV soap opera recommendation for you) as an internist resident (more or less the American equivalent of a specialist registrar in the UK). From the very first episode you can see the problematicity with some of the resident’s decision, but then again - we watch medical shows for the drama, not for the accuracy, right? It is a great and entertaining way of portraying some of the ethical dilemmas people in medicine face every day, shows interesting cases that can be seen in the emergency room and internal medicine and explores routine problems arising from hospital bureaucracy.
3. New Amsterdam
Another brand new medical drama that only started a few months ago, New Amsterdam is a unique show in that, while it follows doctors in their everyday work and decisions accompanying that, the focus of the show as its main character, rather than a full-time practicing doctor, is the medical director and Chief of Medicine of the hospital. As such, we are presented with a lot more healthcare management decisions that have to take into account not only patients’ interests, but the hospital and its staff too on top of all the regular practice of medicine that we get to see. Think Grey’s Anatomy with a shifted focus on Richard in his younger years - I would certainly watch that spin-off, and until then - there’s New Amsterdam.
4. Chicago Med
5. Grey’s Anatomy
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So there you have it, 5 (or more) medical TV dramas for you to start watching if you can’t wait to embark on the journey that is med school. If you have any questions, email us at hello@theMSAG.com.
Miss Giulia Bankov
Giulia is a graduate medical student at the University of Glasgow. She previously studied Neuroscience at King's College London and completed her Cognitive Neurobiology and Clinical Neurophysiology at the University of Amsterdam