Can You Handle These 65 Ridiculously Funny Medical Jokes?

January 5, 2016

Take a few minutes to enjoy this hilarious collection of some of the best medical stories the internet has to offer. Whether you're a doctor, nurse, medical or healthcare student, or another member of the healthcare force...  you're going to laugh your socks off with these funny medical jokes.

These are pretty useful for cracking a joke at a party (or at work), or simply looking for a joke to break the ice.

A mother complained to her consultant about her daughter's strange eating habits.
"All day long she lies in bed and eats yeast and car wax. What will happen to her?"
"Eventually," said the consultant, "she will rise and shine."

A sign on a cosmetic surgery clinics says:
"If life gives you lemons, a simple operation can give you melons."

Question: Does an apple a day keep the doctor away?
Answer: Only if you aim it well enough.

The best doctor in the world is the veterinarian. He can't ask his patients what is the matter – he's got to just know.
- Will Rogers

Q: Did you hear about the optometrist that fell into his lens grinding machine?
A: He made a spectacle of himself

This is a real story submitted to a Reddit board:

Another funny story published on

Do you remember this song? If "yes", you'll definitely appreciate this next story, originally posted on
If you work in the healthcare field, you'll appreciate these jokes. Just don't take them too personally.

A group of physicians are duck hunting. The general surgeon spots a duck flying from the marsh, aims his rifle, shoots the duck in one shot, and turns to the others and says "I just shot myself a duck."

A proctologist had been in practice for 20 years and had settled into a very comfortable life with his future very secure. So he decided to fulfill his REAL dream and become an auto mechanic.

This is a collection of funny one-liners, exactly as typed by medical secretaries:

If you struggle to memorize medical terms, take a look at this cheat sheet to make things a little bit easier – and funnier – for you:

Funny Doctor Jokes with Kids

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Funny Bumper Sticker: Medical Humor

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Cosmetic surgery

Healthy living tips

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What a Spectacle

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Funny Medical Memes

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You Would Have Thought The Same

My favorite is a true story. During residency, I got paged at 3AM to the SICU. I called them, a bit curious as to what was going on, as 3AM calls to the neurologist rarely come from the SICU.
When I introduced myself as the on-call neurologist, the very southern-sounding nurse loudly exclaimed:
"Neurology? I wanted Urology. I got the wrong end!"

I Don't Think You're Ready For This Jelly

I was caring for a woman and asked, "So how's your breakfast this morning?" "It's very good, except for the Kentucky Jelly. I can't seem to get used to the taste," the patient replied. I then asked to see the jelly and the woman produced a foil packet labeled "KY Jelly."

When Your Patient Doesn't Remember the Lyrics...

Here's the backstory: "I work in a medical clinic and I have a little fun with a patient one day when she complains her kids keep 'kung fu-ing' her front door."

Patient: “They just kept kung fu-ing the door and I kept telling them to stop.”
Me: “Oh, so, everybody was kung fu fighting?”

Patient: “Yes, and I told them to just swing at the air, not hit the door.”
Me: “Were they fast as lightning?”

Patient: “No, and it was scary, I thought they were gonna wreck my door.”
Me: “I bet it was a little bit frightening.”

Patient:“Yes, I thought they were gonna wreck my door!”
Me:“Hey, , c’mon, I just gave the first part of the song. Don’t leave me hangin’ here”.

Patient: “I know, but I don’t know the rest of the song!”

Two Doctor Jokes: Inspired by Real People, Based on Fictional Events

Duck Hunting

Duck Crossing Sign

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The intern sees a duck, aims his rifle, leads the duck with his first shot, trails it with his next shot and hits with his third. He turns to the group and says, "It was too small for a condor, too big for a sparrow. I think that it was probably a duck."

The radiologist sees a duck, aims a shotgun, hits the duck, and turns to the group. He states "I just hit a flying animal. It may be a duck, pheasant, or quail. Possible flying squirrel. Cannot exclude a pterodactyl at this point. I think I should shoot it again, but with a scoped rifle next time."

The emergency physician spots a duck flying the marsh and aims a huge, automatic combat shotgun, unloading two full magazines into the air, as the other physicians take cover behind him. After the tremendous noise ceases, the intern uncovers his ears and shouts, "What the hell was that?" The emergency physicians turns around and says, "I have no idea, but I'm pretty sure that I hit it."

He Gave Up Medicine to Pursue His Real Dream

Doctor Becoming a Mechanic

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Having entered mechanic school, the former physician received the results of his first test back with a score of 200%. Confused, he asked the teacher why his score was so high.

“Well”, said the teacher, “The first part was taking the engine apart and you did that perfectly, so you got 50%. The second was to put it back together again and you did it perfectly and got another 50%. The other 100% was for doing it through the tailpipe.”

These 20 One-Liners Come Straight from the Doctors' Notes

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  • Patient has left her white blood cells at another hospital.
  • Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.
  • On the second day the knee was better and on the third day it disappeared.
  • The patient has been depressed since she began seeing me in 1993.
  • Discharge status: Alive, but without my permission.
  • Patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.
  • While in ER, Eva was examined, x-rated and sent home.
  • Skin: somewhat pale, but present.
  • Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities.
  • The patient was in his usual state of good health until his airplane ran out of fuel and crashed.
  • Mrs. Evans slipped on the ice and apparently her legs went in separate directions in early December.
  • Patient was seen in consultation by Dr. Jones, who felt we should sit on the abdomen and I agree.
  • The patient refused autopsy.
  • The patient has no previous history of suicides.
  • She is numb from her toes down.
  • She stated that she had been constipated for most of her life until she got a divorce.
  • Both breasts are equal and reactive to light and accommodation.
  • Examination of genitalia has revealed that he is circus-sized.
  • Patient was found in bed with her power mower.
  • She has no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she was hot in bed last night.

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Funny Medical Cases and Jokes

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Artery: The study of fine paintings

Bacteria: Back door to cafeteria
Barium: What doctors do when patients die

Catscan: Searching for kitty
Cauterize: Made eye contact with her
Coma: A punctuation mark.

D&C: Where Washington is

Enema: Not a friend
ER: The things on your head that you hear with

Fester: Quicker than someone else

Genes: Blue denim slacks
G.I. Series: World Series of military baseball

Hemorrhoid: A male from outer space

Impotent: Distinguished, well-known

Medical Staff: A doctor's cane
Morbid: A higher offer than I bid

Nitrates: Cheaper than day rates

Organ Transplant: What you do to your piano when you move
Outpatient: A person who has fainted

Pap Smear: Making fun of Dad
Pathalogical: A reasonable way to go
Pharmacist: Person who makes a living dealing in agriculture
Pelvis: Second cousin to Elvis
Post Operative: A letter carrier

Recovery Room: Place to do upholstery
Rectum: Almost killed him
Red Blood Count: Dracula

Secretion: Hiding something
Seizure: Roman Emperor

Terminal Illness: Getting sick at the airport.
Thorax: A Dr. Seuss character
Triple Bypass: Better than a quarterback sneak
Tumor: More than one, an extra pair

Varicose: Near by/close by
Vein : Conceited

If you'd like to enjoy some more medical humor, one liners and funny hospital jokes, be sure to check out our collection of medical puns.