Last updated December 2017

Active Medical Blogs I Read: 

  1. A Cartoon Guide to Becoming a Doctor – probably the first medical blog I ever read. I like her cartoons, and also her books!
  2. Lily’s Musings – 5th year medical student, South Africa
  3. The Bohemian Doctor – South African MS, wanderlusting through life and medicine
  4. Transdoctor – A trans woman doctor. She started blogging in the closet, and eventually came out to work, and recently had gender-confirming surgery.
  5. The Health Scout – more cartoons. Dalya started the blog during med school and is now a General Surgery resident.
  6. I ❤ Histo – funny histology slides, Instagram account
  7. Action Potential – a new fellow in Paediatric Neurology, has been blogging for a loooong time.
  8. Solitary Diner – a long-time favourite who is now a specialist physician in hepatology. She blogs about cats, being queer, travel, and more.
  9. Tea with MD – dermatologist with a health and beauty blog. Some promotional content, but useful if you’re looking for this specific topic.
  10. Well Read Robin – Jamaican physician who has been blogging since med school days. Also blogs about books and public health.
  11. Me and my life – Malaysian medical student studying in the UK
  12. Laughter is the best medicine – now an ER resident, really sharp sense of humour
  13. Wacky Princess – MS from Mumbai. She writes beautiful prose, but I’m not sure where she is in her medical journey now.
  14. BatteredMD – The hard-knock life of a Community Physician
  15. My First Patient – senior resident, Internal Medicine. Also blogs about being a mom.
  16. Nomadic GP – Australian rural locum GP Obstetrician. Blog about the importance of GP work.
  17. The Urban Doctor Mom – Family Physician, mom, runner, cross-stitcher
  18. My Journey into Being – South African Emergency Care Personnel
  19. The Hopeful Medic – MS2 in the UK
  20. Cecil Lwana’s Blog – South African MS2
  21. Make My Day – Intern in the Philippines
  22. Living with Authenticity – Canadian OBGYN
  23. Have Stethoscope, Will Travel – traveling doctor who has worked in various countries and with various organisations. His previous blog can also be found here.
  24. Behind the White Coat – Family Physician who posts photos and medical stories.
  25. Musings of a Dinosaur – solo Family Practice physician
  26. Stethoscope & Hanzi – South African medical student studying in China
  27. The Placebo Effect (And Medicine) – Australian GP
  28. Knife Before Wife Before Life – Surgeon and mother in the UK
  29. Surgery at Tiffany’s – a female surgeon’s dissection on life, love, laughter, Louis & Louboutin
  30. Stilettos + Stethoscopes – MD/PhD candidate at Tulane

Inactive Medical Blogs Worth Reading:

  1. StorytellER doc – posts by an ER physician in the USA
  2. Other Things Amanzi – a South African surgeon’s blog!
  3. A Hopeful Doc – a Family Medicine resident.
  4. At Least We Made It This Far – radiation oncology resident, book enthusiast, Canada.
  5. Cheerios for Dinner
  6. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to MedSchool – South African student (qualified by now) that I wish would start posting again.
  7. White Coat Tales – OBGYN intern at time of last post
  8. Mir/Med/Art – some really good anatomic portraits
  9. Totipotent MD – MS2 at time of last post
  10. Medicine n’ Stuff – “who said medicine had to be boring” – MS at time of last post
  11. The Waddling Penguin – MS when last posted
  12. Sachified – nurse to doctor journey
  13. Trypanophobia – newly qualified doctor when last posted
  14. Pressure Cooker – Pakistani newly graduated doctor when last posted
  15. Med School Latecomer – age 40+ medical student, now graduated



  1. Dakota says:

    Despite the fact that I’m a total stranger, I’m a huge fan of this blog. I stumbled upon it randomly when looking for opinions on physicians with tattoos and piercings. Just wanted to let you know that I find this blog incredibly entertaining.

    1. Oh, thank you so much! It’s always great to hear something like that. Nice to meet you 🙂

  2. Sarah Kim says:

    Hi! I couldn’t find a contact email, so just adding a comment here. I’m Sarah Kim from One Medical Group — and we’ve recently established a scholarship program for 3rd year medical students interested in primary care. I’d love to see if you’d be interested in helping us promote this to your readers — many who (I assume) are also medical students. If interested, could you email me at skim[at]onemedical[dot]com.

    Sarah Kim

    1. Hi Sarah, thanks for your message. Sorry about the difficulty with the email. Privacy issues 🙂
      I have just sent you an email. Please let me know if you do not receive it, and I will resend.
      Best wishes

  3. Michelle says:

    Hey,really like your blog,would like to ask u a few questions regarding medical schools if u can pls send me a mail,good luck with the studies 🙂

    1. Hey Michelle, things are a little rough but I’ll drop you a line! 🙂

  4. emilyehoward says:

    Love your blog…just added a link from my blog to yours! Would love it if you did the same…but no pressure 🙂

    1. Thank you, that’s really nice of you! I haven’t updated my links page in yeeeeears – I should get on that!

  5. Yusra says:

    Hi,love the blog:), since there is no contact address I guess I’ll take a chance here. I have a medical blog and site that focusses on new medical techs and tips for for those in the med field, I was hoping perhaps you would be able to help me out …

    1. Thanks, how were you hoping I could help you out?

      1. Yusra says:

        Hi, thanks for replying…well I was either thinking of some sort of link sharing or perhaps even through a guest blog post.I could let forward you the links to my sites, if you interested at all please do not hesitate to send me mail.:)

      2. Hi, you can leave the links here and I will have a look?

  6. Eleanor Wray says:

    Hello, I’m the marketing assistant for Medicine Books at Oxford University Press. I’m writing to you to ask if you would be interested in reviewing forthcoming Oxford Specialty Training titles? For more information, please email me at
    Many thanks.

    1. barefootmegz says:

      Hi Eleanor, thank you very much! I’ve just sent you an email; please do let me know if you do not receive it.

  7. Aura Azarcon says:

    Thanks for featuring all these links, especially our fellow medical blogs! 🙂 I’m gonna browse and start following them too.

  8. Till says:

    Hi, while searching for medical blogs, I luckily had the chance of finding yours. Your combination of book reviews, medical daily routine entries and especially your work on the tips for new student interns series are amazing! Maybe you are interested in reviewing our new Qbank, magazine as well as online tutorials as this could be an additional medical resource for your readership? For further information, please email me at: Big thanks in advance and keep up with your great work!

  9. Stumbled upon this not really looking for everything but love a good read, especially medically related since I am trying to blog myself (bit difficult juggling time as a final year med student)
    Love how its not ONLY medicine you write about, and the poems and pics make it light and uplifting to read.
    Look forward to more posts!

    Welcome to check out my blog too- more of music, the arts and spiritual stuff amongst other things:)

    1. barefootmegz says:

      Aaaah thank you for commenting! I love finding new blogs, especially of like-minded people. Checking your blog out now!

  10. Hello,
    I just matriculated and I was really hoping to get into med school this year. Even though my marks were quite good and I was on the waiting list, I didn’t get in. I am immensely glad that I found your blog though, it really helped me realise that there are other alternatives. So thank you. The fact that you are an avid reader as well is a bonus! I definitely will continue reading your blog 🙂

    1. barefootmegz says:

      Hi! Sorry you didn’t get in, but I’m really glad that you’ve found some help here. Keep well and good luck ❤

  11. Tom says:

    Hi Mariechen,

    I’ve just come across your blog and really enjoyed reading through your stuff and I’d love for your content to be published and shared on our website, Campus Society, and yes, I work at Campus Society (in case you hadn’t sussed :P). It’s a global community site for students that allows you to share knowledge, collaborate and network globally – I think your blog really provides a unique perspective, and as such, I think it would be amazing to have you on board. The whole concept is based on ‘channels’ that allow for easy interaction. I am part of the newly launched blogging network on our site and we would love if you created a channel where you share your blogs. The key draw is the fact that you can:

    (a) build a substantial following here as our community is growing quickly and

    (b) people can interact via chat around your posts and this leads to very useful engagement.

    It’s like a community version of your traditional blog! There is such great scope to grow and publicise your blog and earn rewards for your work with some really exciting incentives (real, physical ones!)

    We’d love for you to be a part of it and it’s super easy to get started. Simply follow this link and you will be sent directly through to our Network where you can start growing your blog right away.

    I really hope we can see your channel on board the site, soon!


  12. Anne says:

    Hi @barefootmegz!

    I’ve been reading your blog for the longest time and hope all is going well with you and your journey! I wanted to ask (I saw this topic was spoken about on another commentary section): If you graduate with your MBCHB and want to go elsewhere will you be forfeiting your medical degree in South Africa forever?

    How I understand it is that your MBCHB will still be valid but you will have to complete community service and their regulations in whatever country you apply for? So, for example, in Britain you have foundation years which are equivalent to our internship/community service.

    I am asking because I am very keen on moving to the UK and just need some surety that your MBCHB can be revisited as a back up and you need to come back? There is nothing in black and white from the HPCSA, as far as I could tell, on this issue – it is all very vague.

    Also, I am not interested in any surgical field. I only mention this because I feel the argument to stay is the exposure and experience to be gained here but how I see it is that if you would want to go into, for example, psychiatry; this wont be so advantageous.

    Sorry for the long question
    Hope wherever you are and whatever you doing is going well for you

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