Hilarious Medical School Memes, Just In Time for Back-to-School Season

Med school is no joke. But the best medical school memes are guaranteed to make you laugh.
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  • Medical school is tough for even the best students.
  • The best medical school memes capture the challenges and triumphs med students face.
  • Celebrate the new school year with med school memes.

Getting a medical school degree — not to mention getting into medical school in the first place — is no joke. Without a sense of humor, you might not survive.

So whether you’re showing up for your first day or clocking in for your final clinical, it's possible you could use a laugh. And what better place to look for chuckles than the internet?

We did the legwork and collected the funniest medical school memes to celebrate the beginning of another medical school year. When exams and rotations get you down, these medical school memes are guaranteed to make you smile, if not outright guffaw.

The Best Medical School Memes on the Internet

Ready to crack the books on the most hilarious medical school memes on the web? Brighten up your back-to-school season with these silly, dark, and celebratory memes.

Hilarious Medical School Memes

  1. Walking into the hospital as a first-year med student can make you feel fresh and new. But one glance at the third-years or residents might send you running back to your textbooks.

    @samzmed Doctor’s lounge coffee be hittin #medschool #medstudent #medicine #doctor #physician #medtok #premed #medicaltiktok #medicalschool #sigma #zoolander #fyp #meme #worldcup ♬ Yotube AstroCapella - AstroCapella

    That’s why the infamous Zoolander meme feels like the perfect description of the joys of being a first-year.

  2. Who hasn’t felt over their head in med school? And there’s nothing quite like that first day of clinicals to make you feel like you don’t belong.

    There’s good news, though. You aren’t alone. And clinicals can get a lot worse after the first day.

  3. Not quite ready to dive into clinicals? Enjoy those days as the shadowing med student because they won’t last long.

    @sarahguava Based on a true story 💀 #trending #fyp #medicalstudent #medstudentlife #shadowing #funnymemes #surgerytiktok #premed #CapCut ♬ original sound - Kaitlyn

    Suddenly, the long hours studying human physiology don’t seem so bad once a resident starts peppering you with questions.

Medical School Memes about Clinicals

  1. Starting clinical rotations is a bit like jumping off the high dive. But it doesn’t always get easier after the first time. Just wait until a resident asks you to suture a live person.

    Fortunately, there’s a ton of medical school memes about clinicals to get you through the rough days.

  2. Speaking of sutures, how about trying to place an IV for the first time? Even if you managed to ace the task, you’ll appreciate this cheerful meme.

    Just remember to always keep a smile on your face!

  3. Clinicals get even worse when residents start pumping med students with questions. Known as “pimping,” it’s a terrifying right of passage that can leave you feeling all alone.

    @medicallymayes i will never forget volunteering at the student clinic during my first week of med school & the attending started asking me questions like sir i am just a baby fr #medschool #medstudent #CapCut ♬ original sound - Taeya | med student 👩🏾‍⚕️

    But you don’t have to be scared — because every other med student is in the same boat!

Dark Humor Medical School Memes

  1. What’s the worst thing a physician can say to a med student? According to one dark humor med school meme, this is the hardest to hear.

    @yourpremedbigsister This is really hard to hear. 😫 While I appreciate getting honest feedback from current physicians, I wish there was more of a collective encouragement for med students and residents. I wish we focused more on improving the field. I wish we more often considered what we can do to leave this field better than we found it. I wish there were more resources for young people entering medicine…that we’d be encouraged to seek mental health care and counseling, that we’d priortize time with our families and time for ourselves over 80 hour work weeks, that we’d leave behind the rhetoric of “well we had it hard so you should, too.” I hope we can be better…so we can do better. 🤍🥲 #premedstudent #premedgirlie #premedmemes #premedmeme #medicalschoolstudent #medicalschoolstruggle #medicalschoolstudying #medschoolprobs #medschoolmemes #medschoolmeme #medstudentmemes #medstudentmeme #medicalstudentmemes #premedstudentjokes #premedcomedy ♬ original sound - yourpremedbigsister

    When you’re pushing yourself every day in med school, it can feel deflating when doctors confess their regrets. But humor can help you get through it.

  2. With Barbie mania sweeping the country, it was just a matter of time for the first Barbie medical school memes to arrive.

    And if you’re a fan of dark humor about med school, you’ll appreciate the American Girl crossover about being overeducated and broke.

  3. The Nicholas Cage and Pedro Pascal meme is an instant classic. And this one has a med school twist.

    @dr.bonewizard #CapCut #medschoolmemes #medicalschool #medicalmemes #premedmemes ♬ original sound - Bone Wizard 🧙🏻‍♂️

    Sometimes, it’s better to laugh when you realize that four years of med school isn’t the end of the road. Get ready for residency!

Graduating from Med School Memes

  1. Graduation day will eventually come. And there’s no doubt that you’ll walk out of med school a different person.

    But don’t worry too much — at least you’ll still have your sense of humor! You’ll need it to get through your residency, after all.

  2. Ever wondered what life after med school looks like? This Walking Dead meme sums it up.

    @subduralmematoma #medstudent #medic #doctor #meme #fyp #medschool ♬ original sound - subdural mematoma

    Ironically, you’ll probably come out of med school with some great memories — even if it didn’t feel that way at the time.

  3. We couldn’t do a list of medical school memes without at least one Gray’s Anatomy meme!

    Long after med school, you’ll probably remember your white coat ceremony. And through the sleepless nights and tough moments, you’ll always be able to reflect on that ceremony. Or, as Pixorize puts it on Instagram, “You may be tired now, but in a few years, all of your hard work will pay off. You got this, keep going!”