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10 Best Medical K-Dramas You Need to Watch Right Now

These dramas on doctors and medical professionals are all worth your time.
10 Best Medical K-Dramas You Need to Watch Right Now
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These dramas on doctors and medical professionals are all worth your time.

Running out of interesting K-dramas to watch? Cure that slump and jump into the hectic world of doctors, nurses, and more with 10 of the most compelling Korean medical TV series you need to watch, stat.

Read up on their synopses below!

1. Hospital Playlist

Watch on: Netflix

Five doctors who've been close friends for 20 years embark on a new journey with each other as they find work at the same hospital. Together, they tide through the ups and downs of their demanding field, all while forming a band to share their love of music and cope with the stress of their daily life.

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

2. Hospital Ship

Watch on: Netflix, Viu

Three jaded army doctors attempt to bounce back from their own individual setbacks as they look for a fresh start. Together, they join a hospital ship and tend to the underprivileged living on remote islands, along with their other fellow medical professionals. 

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 Starring: Ha Ji Won, Kang Min Hyuk, Lee Seo Won

3. Dr. Romantic

Watch on: Netflix, Viu

The romantic drama follows Kim Sa Bu, a once famous surgeon who suddenly drops off the radar at the peak of his career. Unbeknown to many, he actually left his job to be a neighborhood doctor in a small, rural town where he goes by the name of Teacher Kim and refers to himself as Dr. Romantic. He eventually crosses paths with Kang Dong Joo, a doctor chasing after wealth and prominence, and Yoon Seo Jung, a young surgeon scarred by a mistake she’s made in her past. As the two interact with Teacher Kim, their lives will be forever changed.

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Starring: Han Seok Kyu, Yoo Yeon Seok, Seo Hyun Jin

4. Good Doctor

Watch on: Netflix, Viu

A young doctor diagnosed with autism and savant syndrome is accepted as a pediatrician in a hospital. There, he overcomes prejudice from patients and his fellow medical workers alike, proving his worth using the rare skill brought about by his disorder. The series inspired an American adaptation with a show of the same name starring Hollywood actor Freddie Highmore.

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Starring: Joo Won, Moon Chae Won, Joo Sang Wook

5. Doctors

Watch on: Netflix, Viu

The tough and distant Yoo Hye Jung has always been known as the bully in her school. Her unruly personality is rooted from the traumatic events that marked her childhood. However, her entire life changes course the moment she meets Hong Ji Hong, a compassionate professor who helps transform her into a street-savvy neurosurgeon.

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

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6. Kill Me, Heal Me

Watch on: Netflix

A poignant romantic drama, Kill Me Heal Me tackles topics of child abuse and dissociative personality disorder. The series centers on Cha Do Hyun, the heir to a wealthy company, who suffers from multiple personality disorder developed from the life-threatening traumatic incidents he experienced as a child. Aiding him in keeping his seven unpredictable personalities in check is Oh Ri Jin, a first year psychiatric resident who helps Do Hyun in secret.

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Starring: Ji Sung, Hwang Jung Eum, Park Seo Joon

7. Doctor Stranger

Watch on: Netflix, Viu

The medical romance follows Park Hoon, a young doctor who flees North Korea for the south with his lover Song Jae-hee. He makes it to South Korea safely but loses his companion along the way. Later on, he’s employed at Myungwoo University Hospital, one of the top hospitals in the country, where he meets a woman who looks exactly like Jae-hee but claims not to know who he is.

Starring: Lee Jong Suk, Jin Se Yeon, Kang So Ra, Park Hae Jin

8. Yong Pal

Watch on: Netflix

Desperate for money to pay off his sister’s medical bills, Kim Tae Hyeon, an otherwise talented surgeon, begins to offer his services to gangsters and corrupt plutocrats. While in the midst of yet another house call, he finds himself risking his secret workings to rescue Han Yeo Jin, a chaebol heiress who's fallen into a medically induced coma.

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Starring: Joo Won, Kim Tae Hee, Jo Hyun Jae, Chae Jung Ahn

9. Life

Watch on: Netflix

Personal vendettas plague the operations of one of South Korea’s top medical centers when the compassionate emergency medicine specialist Ye Jin-woo butts heads with his hospital’s newly-appointed president.

Starring: Lee Dong Wook, Jo Seung Woo, Won Jin Ah

10. A Poem a Day

Watch on: Viu

Aspiring poet Woo Bo Young drops her writing dreams to become a physical therapist instead. Now working in the field for three years, her daily routine takes a turn when her life intertwines with hospital team leader Ye Jae Wook, and physical therapy trainee Shin Min Ho.

Starring: Lee Yoo Bi, Lee Joon Hyuk, Jang Dong Yoon

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