If you came to this site hoping to find out how the pharmaceutical industry is evil and fluoride in the water is making you grow extra toes, you are unfortunately out of luck. However if you stumbled on this site because you’re in the midst of studying and things just haven’t stuck yet, hopefully you’ll find something here to help. This is also not the pay-for-subscription board prep website that named itself years after this website was created. All of my content is free to use and always will be.

I have pocket cards available for purchase at my Etsy shop (SketchyMedicine) and can be bought separately or as a set if you are indecisive. I also have posters, notebooks and other fun swag available at my Threadless shop.

How I make the images

The majority of my images are created using Adobe Ideas (now Adobe Draw) on my iPad. I used to use one of those funny iPad styluses, which is akin to drawing with a crayon but have now upgraded to an Apple Pencil. I also use Adobe Illustrator from time to time if I’m feeling fancy (Illustrator is what I use for my professional illustrations).


If you want to use my images, please do but please cite the source (as you should be doing for all images you use in presentations and papers). You can email me at ali@sketchymedicine.com if you have any specific questions! I am a proud professional member of the Association of Medical Illustrators and am happy to do custom illustrations for publications (please see my commissions section).

Contributors (please excuse the 3rd person writing)

Ali (follow on Twitter @sketchymedicine)
Ali is a plastic surgeon who created Sketchy Medicine when she was starting medical school clerkship (clinical rotations). She is always looking for new topics to draw, but apologizes for the overwhelming amount of anatomy-themed doodles. Ali does not have free time, but imagines that if she did, she would enjoy activities such as running and design.

Mike (follow on Twitter @wongdiagnosis)
Mike is also an anesthesiology resident and was the one who thought of the name “Sketchy Medicine.” He has a passion for medical education as is demonstrated in his more thoroughly researched doodles. Mike also likes statistics and kittens.