Does anyone else ever get the urge to become a doctor watching some really great medical k-dramas? No? Just me? Whether or not these dramas actually inspire you to become a doctor, they are sure to attract you and keep you entertained anyway. Plus, they might even deepen your appreciation for health professionals and everything they do.
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9 Medical K-Dramas That Might Make You Dream About Becoming a Doctor
At the center of this drama are Ye Jin Woo (Lee Dong Wook), a warm, patient-centered ambulance, and the hospital’s new president, Goo Seung Hyo (Cho seung woo). While the former values life above all else, the latter would much rather bring the hospital a profit than doing any good business, resulting in a struggle between good and evil. But are good and bad really so clearly defined in business or even in medicine?
Although the primary conflict of saving life vs. Earning money may seem straightforward at first glance. One side is made up of heroes fighting for their patients and the other is made up of greedy villains. “Life” doesn’t limit its characters to being strictly good or strictly evil. Instead, the characters and the challenges they face are portrayed in a much more nuanced way, examining issues from different angles to shed light on the perspectives each person brings.
2. Golden time
“Golden Age” follows two doctors, Lee Min Woo (Lee Sung Gyun) and Kang Jae In (Hwang Jung Eum) as they begin their stay in an emergency room under the guidance of trauma specialist Choi In Hyuk (Lee Sung min). Together the two learn what it really means to be a doctor while working in a system that is shaped by politics and injustice. The name of this drama comes from a term used in emergency medicine: “golden hour”. This is the period of life immediately after a traumatic injury when treatment can mean the difference between life and death.
The special thing about “Golden Time” is that it is essentially not about seemingly infallible doctors who have seen everything, but about two new doctors who still have to learn the ropes and make mistakes. This drama was lauded for highlighting Korea’s need to improve its trauma care system, which remains a challenge to this day. Fun Fact: Choi In Hyuk is based on real life trauma center doctor Lee Gook Jong, who risked his career in 2011 to perform life-saving surgery on a Korean Navy captain.
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3. Hospital playlist
This drama revolves around five doctors, each with their own specialty, who have been best friends since their school days 20 years ago and now work side by side in a hospital. Rather than closely following a specific plot or overarching conflict, Hospital Playlist examines the intricacies of each character’s daily life, revealing both their victories and defeats as they do their best to save the lives of their patients.
“Hospital Playlist” feels like a breath of fresh air among the countless other medical K-dramas. One of the key differentiators is that it is more of a lifelong approach, putting aside much of the melodrama normally seen in the genre. So you won’t find intertwined power struggles, murder schemes, or god-like doctors to solve a medical mystery here. But that doesn’t mean that the story is by no means banal. In fact, it has the perfect blend of humor, romance, fear, and more as the characters go about their daily lives, which makes Hospital Playlist a great watch from start to finish.
4. Doctor Stranger
“Doctor Stranger” focuses on the brilliant cardiothoracic surgeon Park Hoon (Lee Jong Suk). After spending his childhood in North Korea with his father, who was supposed to perform heart surgery on none other than Kim Il Sung, he successfully escapes the country as an adult. Upon his return to South Korea, he is hired by the best hospital in the country, where he demonstrates his excellent surgical skills, including his uncanny ability to quickly diagnose a problem by simply touching a person’s heart.
While this drama is far from realistic, it’s definitely a fun watch thanks to its exciting (if rather ridiculous) plot and the solid performance of its cast. It is particularly interesting to see how Doctor Stranger deals with all of the politics related to relations between North and South Korea. The result is an extra layer of danger and intrigue on top of an already intense plot that is full of vengeance, romance, and even high stakes surgery competitions.
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5. Medical Top Team
Han Seung Jae (in search of medical breakthroughs for patients with diseases with a survival rate of less than 50 percent)Joo ji hoon) creates a group of elite doctors known – you guessed it – the Medical Top Team. What could prove to be more difficult for the team than treating rare diseases and performing complex surgeries is battling hospital policies, where money comes first and patients second.
Due to its all-star cast and its interesting premise, the “Medical Top Team” had the potential to become a home run. Unfortunately, this drama is a bit of a disappointment for many, largely due to its dense dialogue (which is often weighed down by medical jargon) and the lack of remarkable character development. The outstanding acting and the great chemistry between the actors alone make it worth giving this drama at least a chance.
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6. Hospital ship
“Hospital Ship” tells the story of a group of doctors who work together on a medical ship that sails between tiny islands to give free treatment to the residents of rural villages. At the center of this drama are two characters with opposing personalities: the cold and distant song Eun Jae (Ha Ji Won) and kind hearted Kwak Hyun (Kang min hyuk). Despite their differences, the two gradually grow and bond as they are forced to face their inner demons and ultimately see their lives in a new light.
A big part of what makes this drama interesting is that, while its characters are highly technical, they all leave plenty of room for personal growth, which makes Hospital Ship as much a kind of imperfect person as it is medical Problems emergencies, if not more. Given the shortcomings and past traumas of each doctor so fully visible, one can’t help but be drawn to this drama, eager to see if the characters will ultimately manage to overcome the things that have been holding them back to have.
D-Day offers a fascinating insight into the challenges of a natural disaster and shows the lives of doctors and other emergency services dealing with the aftermath of an unprecedented 6.5 magnitude earthquake that left Seoul in ruins. In particular, this drama enlarges three doctors who decide to suspend their prestigious hospital careers and band together to help those injured by the disaster, even if it means putting their own lives at risk if buildings and other structures collapse.
It’s hard not to delve into this drama and watch with bated breath as the respondents – many of whom appear almost selflessly selfless – do everything around the clock to save lives. And while the idea of an earthquake devastating Seoul in reality seems unthinkable, it turns out that much of the city is actually at high risk of suffering damage in the event of a major earthquake. According to 2017 figures from the Seoul government, fewer than a third of buildings in Seoul were designed to withstand earthquakes.
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Kim Sa Bu (Han Suk Kyu) is back in the second episode of “Dr. RomanticThis time with two new students to teach what it really means to be a doctor: Seo Woo Jin (Ahn Hyo Seop) who would do anything for money, and Cha Eun Jae (Lee Sung Kyung) who gets nauseated every time she tries to do an operation. Despite being trained doctors, both Woo Jin and Eun Jae have their own luggage, which prevents them from doing their job as well as possible. Fortunately, with a little guidance from Kim Sa Bu, the two of them could get out of their troubles.
“DR. Romantic 2” is an enjoyable watch for a number of reasons, from its owner character – which one can only let yourself be captivated by – to its strong supporting cast. The use of the drama of real medical cases In addition, it adds to its attractiveness and gives it an air of accuracy and authenticity. Don’t fret if you haven’t seen the first one either “Dr. RomanticYet; Although the second season is not entirely separate from the first, it is entirely observable on its own. (Include below which season you think is better!)
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What is a talented surgeon like Kim Tae Hyun (Joo won) What to do when he urgently needs money to pay his sister’s medical bills? Of course, supplement the income from his hospital job by performing secret operations on gangsters on the side. That is, until he is caught by the hospital’s chief doctor who forces him to cover up the hospital’s illegal activities. As if things weren’t already complicated enough, Tae Hyun meets Han Yeo Jin shortly after receiving his new assignment (Kim Tae Hee), which he wakes up from a medically induced coma, only to get into an even more complex chaos.
Fair warning: Of all the dramas listed here, “The Gang Doctor”, despite its title, is by far the most loosely associated with life as a doctor. So if you are looking for a truly medicine-focused watch, this may not be the right choice. What “The Gang Doctor” has to offer that could still seduce you is a female protagonist who turns away from the main female archetype. Instead of playing the upbeat, good-natured female lead so often seen in dramas, Yeo Jin is powerful, imperious, and ready to go to great lengths to get revenge on those who wronged her. Even her own brother.
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