5 Movies Every Medical Student Should See - Raindance

The medical field is a completely different world altogether. It’s people helping people, no matter what the cost. Doctors and nurses have to be among the most inspirational people in the world. The following list comprises of movies ranging from medical comedies to serious drama films about medical breakthroughs. Whether you’re an accomplished doctor or a medical student the following movies are must see.

Fantastic Voyage (1966)

Not only was this film ahead of its time, it inspired a string of episodes from numerous TV shows, and was also made into an animated TV series. A crew of scientists is miniaturised to microscopic size and injected into a dying scientist’s body. Their goal is to remove a blood clot from his brain and get out of his body within an hour. Inspiring to any medical student, it was directed by Richard Fleischer, and won two Oscars for Best Art Direction and Best Special Effects. It was nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing and Best Sound Editing.

Young Doctors in Love (1982)

This Airplane!-esque movie is a hilarious take on what goes on in the hospital. Spoofing a variety of dramatic medical shows, Young Doctors in Love will have you rolling on the floor in fits. It features an array of characters including a brilliant young trainee who can’t stand the sight of blood, a doctor romances the head nurse in order to get keys to the drug cabinet, a member of Mafia on loose disguised as a woman, the whole shebang! It’s definitely worth the watch and shows the lighter side of, often, serious matters.

Patch Adams (1998)

This semi-biographical comedy drama stars Robbie Williams as Dr Hunter “Patch” Adams, a heroic doctor who believes that his job as a doctor is “improving the quality of life, not just delaying death”. He uses humour and jokes to keep is patients happy, temporarily making them forget the conditions they are in. Although his method agonises the doctors, they work wonders for the patients, thus encouraging doctors to invest more in those in their care.

Girl, Interrupted (1999)

Starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie, Girl, Interrupted follows the story of a young girl who has been wrongly institutionalised amid the social upheaval of the 1960s. Loosely based on Susanna Kaysen’s memoir of the same name, Winona Ryder’s character, Susanna is put into a ward with young girls like herself, only much crazier. It gives a startling look at how mental illness was once treated. Other than this it also reminds aspiring doctors to be careful when diagnosing their patients.

Something the Lord Made (2004)

This film is based on the inspiring true story of Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas, two heart surgery pioneers who found a solution to the Blue Baby Syndrome. It takes place in the 1940s, a time when segregation between blacks and the white people prevailed. It focuses on Thomas’ volatile relationship with Blalock. Thanks to the two doctors’ work, however, Blue Baby Syndrome can now easily be diagnosed by conducting a simple methemoglobinemia drug test at the bedside. The film puts things into perspective, reminding doctors, aspiring and accomplished alike, that the patient always comes first.



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